Balbus is a Nord who roams Skyrim. He is a fan of the Gourmet and is collecting ingredients for him.


After the quest "Recipe for Disaster" has been completed, the Dragonborn has the option of impersonating the famous Gourmet. Balbus will provide some ingredients for his special dish, if he is shown the Gourmet's Writ of Passage.

He may send hired thugs if he is pickpocketed.


"What can I do for you?"

Hello. "I'm collecting ingredients to bring to the Gourmet. He'll think my tastes so refined when I offer them to him. You have heard of the Gourmet?"
I have. "Then you know that Gourmet keeps his identity a secret. I'm hoping to discover who he is, so I can tell him how he changed my life. For all I know, the Gourmet is a woman!"
Never heard of him. "You've not heard of the Gourmet? Author of "Uncommon Taste"? He's a wizard with a spatula. Well, not an actual wizard, but his recipes are legendary."

(The following option is only available with the Gourmet's writ of passage.)

I am the Gourmet! (Show Writ of Passage) "Oh my! You? It is an honor! Your food has opened my eyes to the wonders this world can hold. I've cooked every dish in your book, and I must say your brilliance is inspiring. My technique doesn't even approach yours...but whose would? Allow me to give you this, the fork I used the first time I tasted one of your dishes. Oh, and these ingredients I've been collecting for you. I've risked life and limb so that you may create another masterpiece. Make sure to think of me when you use them!"

"You know, I've heard that the Gourmet is in Skyrim right now..."


Balbus' spawn placement is random. He has been found at these locations:


Upon being killed, Balbus usually carries the following items:


  • Balbus' appearance is one of the random encounters that exist throughout Skyrim.
  • Unlike most random encounter characters, Balbus does not disappear when the Dragonborn leaves the area, remaining at his original location unless killed. A new random encounter will occur if the location is revisited after some time has passed; if the encounter includes hostile characters, they are likely to attack Balbus.
  • It is highly possible that he can be found dead, as he is not an essential character, is very weak, and will be attacked by any hostile enemies that approach him. As a result, he can be easily killed.


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