About Us

In November 2016, we dreamed of opening black tartan kitchen as a locally-based, creative kitchen with a personal and warm dining atmosphere.  

Our expectations were wildly exceeded when we somehow propelled ourselves to the top of the regional qualifier and into the 2020 national Canadian Culinary Championships

Only 1 month after the competition, Covid 19 brought our exciting ride to a screeching halt. 

After months of questionable parenting, unqualified homeschooling, and sugar-coated social media posts, Chef/owner Ian Carswell and his family have decided that it might be in everyone’s interest for him to return to what he knows best...


After getting the band back together, and composing a set list (menu) of greatest hits, black tartan kitchen is proud to announce:

The Return of: The Comeback Tour, premiering Feb 18, 2021

Open: Thu – Fri – Sat, dinner only 

black tartan kitchen Carleton Place Restaurant

This is a terrific little kitchen.


Anne DesBrisay

Dec 13, 2017

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“inventive, delicious cuisine”


Paula Roy

March 12, 2019


Ian Carswell

Chef - Owner


Ian Carswell

Chef - Owner

Ian's path to becoming Chef/Owner of black tartan kitchen started in a family diner in North Bay and took him as far as Helsinki, Finland where he worked at the 2 Michelin Starred "Chez Dominique" ranked 21st in the World's 50 Best Restaurants in 2009.

Ian studied Culinary at George Brown College and worked in Toronto at Fare Bistro.  He  traveled to Europe and worked at Brasserie Paardenburg in Amsterdam with a stage at Ron Blaauw.  In France Ian worked at Domaine de la Grezille, a vineyard in the Loire Valley.  Ian's European experience culminated at Chez Dominique where he worked for 10 months, developing his skill with modern cooking techniques and appreciation for Finnish minimalism and simplicity.  


On his return to Canada Ian worked at Absinthe Café and part-time as a Culinary Instructor with Algonquin College while working from Sous Chef to Executive Chef of KW Catering at the National Gallery of Canada.  Ian assumes Chef/Owner responsibility with undying love and support of family: wife Tessa, daughter Faye, son Alistair, and dog Noma.


Christian Lessard

Sous Chef

Charlene Santry


Vic Cooper

Kitchen Assistant


Antonio Mirizzi

Passe Partout


Sylvia Lewis-Havard



April Wood


photos by Sarah Evans



(613) 492-0860

132 Bridge St.

Carleton Place, ON

K7C 2V5

You can also enjoy our charcuterie at

Mahogany Salon & Spa

in Carleton Place, ON

and KIN Vineyards

in Carp, ON

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Carly England