Meet the Staff

From lifelong culinary experts to students focusing on hospitality careers, our staff is committed to exceeding your expectations each and every time you visit the Club. 


James Pampinella -- Executive Chef
Prior to The Oaks Club, Chef James was the Executive Chef of Interlachen Country Club in Winter Park, Florida and his resume also includes working at elite clubs such John's Island Club in Vero Beach and The Highlands Country Club in Highlands, North Carolina. He is an active member of the American Culinary Federation, has worked and trained with the United States Culinary Olympic Team, and has won multiple medals at the National Restaurant Association's culinary competitions held annually in Chicago. Chef James is proud to have mentored multiple chef apprentices who have since excelled in their own careers in the culinary world. In addition, he was an instructor in ice carving at Le Cordon Blue Culinary College of Culinary Arts in Orlando. Chef James is native of Florida and has spent most of his life in central Florida where he has developed a passion for golf and fishing. When not at the Club, he is spending time with his wife, Lesley and daughter, Hailey.