Category Archives: Employee Spotlight

  • Meet the Chef: Margarito Moreno, Executive Chef, El Gaucho Bellevue

    El Gaucho Bellevue executive chef, Margarito Moreno, says that he seeks to learn something new every day. After 14 years in the kitchen at El Gaucho Bellevue, Margarito is ready to lead and teach, while continuing to grow in his own career. Margarito grew up in Netzahualcoyotl, Mexico and learned to cook from his mother […]

  • Meet Terianne Broyles, El Gaucho Tacoma General Manager

    Terianne Broyles’ favorite Maya Angelou quote perfectly describes her approach to life and her hospitality career. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” As the new General Manager of El Gaucho Tacoma, she looks forward to ensuring […]

  • Meet Kevin Benner, AQUA by El Gaucho Executive Chef

    It has been said that meaningful work is a tremendous happiness and the new executive chef at AQUA by El Gaucho derives and shares that each day with his team and guests. Kevin Benner grew up in Bellingham, WA and his culinary journey began the summer after he graduated from high school. “I was searching […]

  • Meet Tivoli Shiosaki, El Gaucho Bellevue’s New General Manager

    El Gaucho Bellevue’s new General Manager, Tivoli Shiosaki, grew up in a family with a deeply rooted culture of gathering around the table to celebrate and connect.  Tiv, as she is known to family and friends, was born in Seattle and grew up in Arlington, WA with parents who worked in the restaurant industry and […]

  • Meet Noel Romero, El Gaucho Tacoma General Manager

    If there’s one word to sum up Noel Romero, it might be “sweet.” Known for his love of key lime pie and bourbon cake with salted caramel ice cream, he not only has a sweet tooth, but fully admits he’s also known for being “the nice guy.” “I am sometimes annoyingly happy to the point […]

  • Meet Gillian Duff, El Gaucho Portland General Manager

    We usually present our blog features in story form but because this month’s employee spotlight is a former journalist herself, we thought we would turn the tables and put Gillian Duff, El Gaucho Portland’s newest General Manager, in the interview chair. What is your full name?  Do you have a nickname/what do coworkers call you? […]

  • Employee Spotlight – Meet Anak “Oka” Indra

    “Tat Tvam Asi” is taught to every Balinese child. “I am you, you are me,” or “Whatever I do to you, I do to me.” This philosophy has influenced Oka and his approach to every aspect of his life, including as a server at El Gaucho Seattle, since 2007. Oka hails from a small village […]

  • Employee Spotlight: Lee Rousseau, Inn at El Gaucho host

    There was nothing special about the day that Lee Rousseau decided to walk into T.J. Maxx in downtown Seattle last spring. “I love going there to find inspiration for decorating,” she said, and an impromptu visit to the store was just that.  Little did she know it would lead her on a journey to inspire […]

  • Meet Merica Ocsan, El Gaucho Tacoma Events Director

    “You have to love what you do to want to do it every day,” is a favorite quote of Merica “Mec” Ocsan. As the newly promoted Events Director at El Gaucho Tacoma, Mec loves helping create memorable and special experiences for guests. Born in Manila, Philippines, Mec and her family moved to the U.S. when […]

  • Meet Whitney Twede, El Gaucho Bellevue Event’s Director

    CS Lewis said, “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” This quote is a favorite of Whitney Twede and sums up the way that she is constantly striving to grow and learn. “If I’m not challenging myself and growing, then I’m settling for less than who I am designed to […]