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Life-Changing Ways to Salt Your Morning Eggs

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April  1, 2017

Tired of rudimentary salting techniques, we did some behind-the-scenes digging to find out how the pros really salt their food—with mind-blowing results. Watch below!

That late-entry contestant? Why, it's viral sensation #SaltBae (that's what the kids are calling him)—the handsome Turkish butcher who burst onto the scene in a now-famous 38-second video, suavely slicing and seasoning a steak. The video, which now boasts 13 million views, culminates in a theatrical showering of salt cascading down his toned forearm.

"Yeah, I've seen it. BIG WHOOP," Amanda Hesser, Food52's co-founder, eye-rolled. "We have to take him down," she told our friend Mario Batali. In the sickest of burns, Mario responded, "He's opening a restaurant in New York, we don't have to take him down—he'll be taken down by the critics!!"

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Amanda and Mario were quick to question Salt Bae's technique and point out his bad form.

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Top Comment:
“I really think the salt thing is just theater. At some other point, someone takes more care with the seasoning.)”
— Sara L.
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"Is the salt even making it onto the steak?" "It doesn't look like an even distribution of seasoning—did you SEE all the salt left behind, stuck to his sweaty skin?" "Ugh, for a steak of that size, that doesn't look like NEARLY enough salt. There's no doubt this thing is underseasoned." "What kind of conditioner do you think he uses?"

But could Mario and Amanda one-up #SaltBae? And, more importantly, could they one-up each other?

Amanda insisted her salting techniques didn't just rely on perfectly tanned skin and a deep V-neck. Mario insisted his pony tail is way better.

Mario Batali vs. Amanda Hesser vs. Salt Bae. You tell us—who is the greatest salter of them all?

Ottoman steak 🔪

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51 Comments

Erica C. April 3, 2017
It actually looks like glitter in the Dubai video! I'd prefer salt, so Amanda and Mario both win in my opinion.
 
I U. April 3, 2017
I feel like a fool for reading this.
 
Sunny April 2, 2017
Love them both for making me smile. While the eye candy at the end had great technique, it was way under salted. But yeah, I'd still watch him cook anytime.
 
Samina April 2, 2017
Tough choice! Amanda had it until Mario used his Croc-salter.
 
Suzan April 2, 2017
I meant to say Sicilian style stuffed artichokes.
 
Suzan April 2, 2017
I was thinking in the middle of the night about the artichoke technique. I might attempt making the Sicilian style artichokes that are so popular in NOLA and giving it a whirl.
 
Katherine April 2, 2017
Have you made them before? Let us know if there is something different about them.
 
Sandy B. April 2, 2017
Yeah, baby! Turkish guy wins!
 
bthelove April 1, 2017
; ) Salty!<br />
 
Katherine April 1, 2017
Having worked in the industry, I have seen cooks and chefs do all kinds of interesting things such as this, or dancing around in circles while they flip food, or flip pancakes sky high, or maybe bartenders/servers pouring coffee in super long thin streams from almost over their heads, or so forth. Maybe a guy thing?
 
JaniceB April 1, 2017
Choke-inator all the way!
 
Tatiana April 1, 2017
Amanda will always win in my book. Thanks for putting a smile on my face first thing in the morning.
 
Suzan April 1, 2017
Ouch, witloof! Stop twisting my arm!!!
 
witloof April 1, 2017
I'm not twisting. I'm trying to show you the proper technique.
 
Westcoasty April 1, 2017
I think Amanda did it best, but Mario gets an honourable mention!
 
Suzan April 1, 2017
witloof, you're a hoot!! I love you Mario! But, Amanda got game!!
 
witloof April 1, 2017
I don't know, Suzan, Mario and the artichoke...<br />
 
coffeefoodwrite April 1, 2017
So funny! Just love this!
 
By T. April 1, 2017
Thanks, a great way to start my April Fool's Day!
 
Shalini April 1, 2017
I don't know, Salt Bae is just so...captivating!
 
heatherinseattle April 1, 2017
Super funny ~ thanks for the laugh this morning!
 
BocaCindi April 1, 2017
Amanda, hands down!!!! ❤
 
Margaret L. April 1, 2017
Love when #saltbae twirls the chine around his finger before tossing it away, but, Amanda + Mario, you've got the salt moves! I'd love to adopt the "gotcha punk" at home but sadly I'd bash into my sink if I tried to keep walking. *sigh*