[Executive Chef Ryan Kacenjar prepares traditional Scottish fare in the kitchen of Balmoral Restaurant, located at 40W099 Route 64 in Campton Hills.]
Traditional dishes include a Scotch egg, Scottish fish and chips prepared with haddock, and savory pies made with rabbit, squab, chicken or ham.
"They are not like a pot pie, [but have] completely different pastry, texture, flavor," Smith said.
He came to the U.S. from Great Britain in 2005, eventually settling in Elburn and becoming a citizen in 2016. Before immigrating, Smith said he owned or managed about a dozen restaurants and hotels in the United Kingdom. He said he was known for turning around once successful properties on the decline and rebuilding the businesses.
For Balmoral's menu, he picked one or two of the best dishes from each place he ran during his almost 40 years' experience in the food and hospitality business. He said he wanted to duplicate the same flavors one would savor in a restaurant or home in Scotland, and it took some time to find the right suppliers for sourcing ingredients.