"He was impressed with Mr. Nusret," Gökçe’s manager Noyan Ersolmaz told NBC News.
Ersolmaz said Gökçe performed a cutting show for DiCaprio and provided him with a personalized menu.
Gökçe explains that what’s attracted so many people to his restaurants is how he prepares his meal. And that was what he captured in his Instagram food post.
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“The shape of the meat and the taste of it starting from the top down is a part of me,” he explains. “All of my feelings are coming from inside of the meat down to when I put the salt onto the meat.”
Gökçe, 34, owns a chain of steakhouses called Nusr-et in Turkey and in the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. He has also started construction in Riyadh, and plans to open up more locations in London, Berlin and New York.
He said he purposely put the hyphen in his name for “et” to highlight the word for "meat" in Turkish. "Nusret" means victory.
Gökçe credits his work ethic for his success. He only went primary school up until he was 5 years old — he didn’t have the financial means to continue school, and said he grew up in poverty.
“Since I was 14, I worked more than 13 hours a day as a kitchen runner for a butcher,” he said. “My life hasn’t changed now. I still keep going to work from the morning until midnight.”
At age 27, he saved up and opened up his first restaurant in Istanbul with just 8 tables and 10 employees, and traveled to meat-exporting countries.
“I was always wishing and wishing to open up a restaurant,” he said.
“Without much money, I traveled to Argentina to see the meat industry and after that, I wanted to travel to the United States, but I was refused a visa five or six times, but I never gave up,” he said.
Nusret said he ended up receiving a three-month visa to the U.S. back in late 2009.
Flash forward to 2017, and Gökçe says he now has nine businesses and 600 employees, and employed his four brothers.