Salt Bae treat for Venezuela’s Maduro draws opponents’ fury

Salt Bae treat for Venezuela’s Maduro draws opponents’ fury

CARACAS - Associated Press
Salt Bae treat for Venezuela’s Maduro draws opponents’ fury

Videos of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro feasting on a steak dinner prepared by a celebrity chef at a time many in his crisis-wracked nation are going hungry has drawn fury from opponents of the embattled socialist leader.

Maduro is seen puffing on a cigar from a personalized box while he is served a steak by Nusret Gökçe, a Turkish chef and worldwide restaurateur better known by his nickname Salt Bae.

Maduro said Sept. 17 night that the meal was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that arose when he stopped over briefly in Istanbul on the way home from a visit to China.

But with Venezuelans struggling to feed themselves amid hyperinflation and widespread shortages many in the opposition have taken to social media to denounce the meal as offensive.

Nicolas Maduro, salt bae, Istanbul