A fish and chip boss dubbed 'Salt and Vinegar Bae' for his 24-carat gold cod flew to Turkey to meet his hero - Salt Bae.

Ozan Bakici, 27, dined at one of the celebrity chef's restaurants after making headlines for his own flashy dish.

Salt Bae, real name Nusret Gökçe, has become famous for his high-end food and social media videos.

Ozan said he was inspired to create a golden cod after watching Salt Bae's clips.

News Shopper: Ozan Bakici and Salt Bae, real name Nusret GökçeOzan Bakici and Salt Bae, real name Nusret Gökçe (Image: SWNS)

He ate at the social media star's Nusr-Et airport restaurant after flying to Istanbul - and even managed to get a picture.

Ozan, who owns the Anchor in Bexley, south-east London, said: "It was a really great experience.

"I went to his coffee shop just across from his restaurant and had a 24-carat cappuccino.

"I met him and we got a few pictures.

"Then it was time for me to go to the airport - but he said he would be in his new airport restaurant while I was waiting for my flight.

"He cooked me a 24-carat burger and brought it over to me. I told him my wife was coming to meet me and he made her one too."

Ozan came up with the golden fish idea to celebrate the first anniversary of his shop opening in Albany Park.

News Shopper: Ozan Bakici celebrated the first year anniversary of his chippy with a golden battered cod

He battered the cod traditionally before covering it in gold leaf he bought for £90.

Ozan then placed it on piece by piece, layer by layer, until the whole fish was covered.

He also sprayed the chips with a 24-carat golden spray to give them a sparkling ‘gold dust’ effect.

The finished product was given to a customer - and Ozan named himself 'Salt and Vinegar Bae'.

The ex-electrician, dad to Isa, one, and partner to beautician Ayla Karadal, 25, opened the Anchor in 2022.

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It has since become a local success story - and has become a favourite of influencers and Premier League footballers.

Ozan said: "I am a self-taught chef and very proud of the business I have grown myself.

"Some of my customers have lived in the area for 30 or 40 years and visit my chippy. It makes me very proud.

"All the hard work I have put in has really put the Anchor on the map.

"I have also had people from Birmingham and as far as America and New Zealand visit my shop.

"I think we have expanded beyond being a local chippy.”