If you managed to make it through this last year without coming across Salt Bae, we must wonder if you really even internet.
The Turkish chef made waves in January when a video of him slicing and seasoning an Ottoman steak racked up 2.4 million views in just under 48 hours, according to Know Your Meme. At time of writing that number is now almost 16 million.
Honestly, watch the whole thing. It’s truly majestic.
Salt Bae, aka Nusret Gökçe by people who don’t internet, got quite the kick out of his new found fame and continued to carve up delicious-looking meats on his Instagram all year. As well as indulge a clear – maybe creepy – love of Al Pacino.
But to dwell on Salt Bae may as well be the same as stalking your ex’s Facebook (seriously, cut it out) because there is a new bae leaving fans hot under the collar.
Everyone, this is Cheese Bae:
Also known as James, Cheese Bae owns B&A Pork, an Italian restaurant in Brooklyn. From what we can tell his main hobbies include making delicious food from an absurd amount of cheese, working out, and looking vaguely like he’s not sure where left his keys.
Recovering caffeine-addict and serial bruncher Eliza Murray feels most at home typing away in a cozy cafe with her re-mortgaged avocado toast nearby. When she isn't reporting on the latest Instagram-shattering glittery food trends, she can be found experimenting with new gin garnishes (hello strawberries!) or biting into an entire wheel of brie (no shame). She tweets @theothereliza