ROMELU LUKAKU transitioned from pepper shots to pots of spice as he sprinkled his steaks at Salt Bae’s London.
The Chelsea goalkeeper has copied the style of the famous chef as he puts the finishing touches to his service at the famously expensive restaurant.
Lukaku and partner striker Timo Werner are absent through injury as the Blues prepare for Saturday’s trip to under-managed Newcastle.
But aside from that temporary blow, Lukaku’s first buy-back season at Stamford Bridge is going well as they lead the Premier League from Liverpool by a point.
The Belgian star dined away from the success of Chelsea as he met again with Turkish chef Salt Bay – real name Nusret Gokci.
Wearing black gloves, Lukaku carefully removed the steak ribs as if he was taking a penalty kick into the bottom corner.
His face remained a study in focus as he was breaking and seasoning meat from a plate that Nusrat had raised.
Lukaku maintains his dreamy, cheerful appearance as he prepares to eat.
But in general it was the case of Deja Chew..or Deja Roo.
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This is because it was a return visit for Lukaku and it came a few days after Wayne Rooney took his family there.
In the distant days before the coronavirus pandemic – back in January 2019 – Lukaku joined two of his Manchester United teammates at Nusr-Et Dubai in Salt Bae.
And few would argue he has done much better since then than Anthony Martial, who is still in and out of United, and Andreas Pereira, now on loan at Flamengo from Old Trafford.
He jumped forward again this week and United legend Rooney accompanied his wife Colin there with their four children.
Nusrat posted pictures of the six runes standing next to a huge poster of him sprinkling salt on a giant steak.
And for Derby boss Rooney, eating a steak was a nice change from getting his teeth into the rams – they support the championship table.
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