About Us

Chef George Dailey’s culinary journey is truly remarkable, shaped by his diverse upbringing and experiences. His fusion of flavors from Spain, England, and Venezuela combined with his passion for both classic and contemporary cuisine, has allowed him to create unique dining experiences. His dedication to using locally sourced-seasonal ingredients and his commitment to storytelling through food make him a standout figure in the Baltimore culinary scene.

Starting with his early inspiration from his mother’s Spanish & Venezuelan recipes, and his British cooking heritage, Chef Dailey’s journey took him from Venezuela to England and then to Boston, where he honed his skills in some of the city’s finest restaurants.

In 2004 Chef Dailey and his wife Jessica moved their family to Baltimore where his wife grew up, and subsequently opened On the Hill Cafe in Bolton Hill which established him as a neighborhood favorite for fast casual cuisine and coffee since 2005.

The launch of Centro, a Spanish tapas bar in Federal Hill, in 2010 showcased his Spanish roots and culinary prowess. The extensive tapas menu received praise from both the local community and the broader restaurant scene, solidifying his reputation as a talented chef.

In 2018, Chef Dailey took his culinary journey to the next level by purchasing a building in Bolton Hill and opening Cookhouse in 2020. Cookhouse is where Chef Dailey’s inventive menus come to life, reflecting his commitment to using locally sourced ingredients and his love for blending diverse culinary traditions. The weekly-changing menu at Cookhouse is a testament to his culinary evolution over the past three decades.

Chef George Dailey’s passion for food extends beyond the kitchen as he explores Baltimore’s markets for fresh ingredients and shares his love for food with friends and family. He believes that food goes beyond mere sustenance; it is a medium for creating stories and connections. Through Cookhouse, Chef Dailey continues to redefine Baltimore’s dining landscape, one unforgettable meal at a time. His culinary journey is a testament to the power of passion, creativity, and a deep appreciation for the art of gastronomy.

Chef Dailey and his wife Jessica live in Bolton Hill with their son Jack. They love Baltimore City and all that it has to offer.

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Gabriel Valladares born and raised in Silver Spring, MD, where he spent his formative years immersed in the vibrant culture of the region. His fascination with the art of photography and the craft of printmaking became evident at an early age. This path led him to the esteemed Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, where he pursued a formal education to refine his artistic inclinations.

Gabriel’s affinity for the craft of cocktail making soon evolved beyond a pastime. Over time, his love for mixology flourished, prompting him to embark on a journey of exploration and experimentation. With determination, Gabriel consistently sought out techniques and innovative flavor combinations, consistently challenging the traditional boundaries of mixology.
Stepping into the realm of Cookhouse, patrons are immediately transported into a realm of enchantment and wonder curated by Gabriel Valladares. Whether one opts themselves to the bar, relishing in the delight of a captivating dinner and performance, or selects an intimate table setting to share with companions or a cherished partner, Gabriel’s expertise ensures that each sip becomes an extraordinary and magical encounter.

Gabriel’s mastery in mixology takes center stage. A symphony of distinctive flavors and pioneering techniques, that captivate the palate and invigorate the senses. Cookhouse stands as a testament to the elevation of the craft of cocktail making promising every guest an indelible and truly unparalleled dining experience.

Gabe CookHouse

Dine with Us

Dining Room & Patio

At CookHouse, we operate on a walk-in basis only (we don’t take reservations). You are welcome to stop by at any time and inquire about table availability. If we are currently fully booked, we are happy to place your name on our waiting list and inform you by text message when a table opens up.

Sip with Us

The Cookhouse Bar

We offer a diverse array of libations to suit every palate. An adventurous mix of unique flavors, the bar offers a curated selection that tantalizes the taste buds. The CookHouse bar isn’t just a place to enjoy drinks; it’s a destination where the art of mixology meets the joy of shared moments, creating an unforgettable experience for all who gather to revel in the pleasures of finely crafted beverages.


6:00pm – 10:00pm

Wednesday Steak & Wine Night
50% off All Wine Bottles & $29 Steak Frites

Saturday After Hour Cocktails
Hosted By Bartender Gabe
10:00pm – 1:00am

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We are currently not accepting reservations, first come first serve, thank you for your patronage.