Chef Jamil Pineda

Chef Jamil Pineda’s passion for cooking began at an early age. For the past three decades he has built a successful career and tremendous reputation in the culinary arts. It all began in Nicaragua where Jamil would work side-by-side with his grandmother Esperanza in her home kitchen. After the family moved to the states, he soon followed and joined her working in the prep kitchen of a well-established restaurant in Durham, North Carolina, by the age of 16.

Recognizing his talent, the owners of Giorgio’s Restaurant Group in Durham invited Jamil to join their culinary team for their first independent venture, the Column’s restaurant. As the North Carolina restaurant group began expanding, the owners promoted Jamil to their restaurant opening team when he helped launched the successful Parizade concept. In 2000, Jamil moved to Florida and immediately found a home at the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort, the Klauber family’s historic Longboat Key property. During his tenure, he had the opportunity to work under some of the finest chefs in America.

His high-spirited and good-humor style has earned him numerous appearances on regional television cooking programs and guest appearances at many culinary events. One of the highlights of his time at the Colony was preparing dinner for President George W. Bush during his September 10th, 2001 visit to Sarasota. In the summer of 2010, Jamil joined the Michael’s On East culinary team. Now as Executive Chef, he brings his experience and talent to each dish.

His enthusiasm for Mediterranean, Latin American and Greek cuisines balances well with Jamil’s years of experience of cooking on the Gulf Coast, using the finest ingredients to create fresh and inspiring menus. In the kitchen, Jamil is known for his endless energy, developing creative menus and his unmistakable sense of humor. 

In 2013, Chef Jamil was recognized in Best Chefs America, a peer reviews-based guide of the best chefs across the country. Originally from Nicaragua, Jamil moved to the states with his family in 1985 at the age of 14 and proudly became a U.S. Citizen in 2012. He resides in Sarasota with his wife and his son. Jamil enjoys snorkeling at “point of rocks” on Siesta Key, spending quality time grilling for friends and family at home and, of course, great food from so many original restaurants in the Sarasota area.

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