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 at the age of seven. He moved to Seattle when he was 20 years old and worked for a variety of restaurants before joining the El Gaucho team in 2005. He says, “It felt like a good place where I could learn new skills.” Over the last 14 years, Margarito has worked in every role and station in the kitchen.

Margarito was promoted to Executive Chef because of his natural leadership, hard work ethic, passion for his team, and the El Gaucho culture and values. He leads by example and is always the first to jump into any station in the restaurant. His hard work and commitment has earned a deep level of respect. General Manager Tivoli Shiosaki says, “His approach to each day is filled with confidence and positivity. He is a steadfast figure on our team that you know you can rely on. We could think of no one more deserving than Chef Margarito.”

Family is the most important thing to Margarito, so when he is not in the kitchen at El Gaucho Bellevue, he is spending time with his wife, Beatriz, his two daughters and son, his first grandchild and their tiny dog. The tight-knit family enjoys playing soccer, watching football and just being together. Margarito’s cooking skills cover a range of styles and cuisines but says his favorite foods are tacos and tortas, served with beer or tequila of course!

Chef Margarito and his team look forward to welcoming you to El Gaucho Bellevue to experience his passionate approach to cooking and life.

  1. Ken Sharp

    Congratulations Margarito! After I heard that you promoted to executive Chef, I jumped for joy! I’ve always believed in promoting dishwashers, prep cooks, apprenticeship programs, to Executive Chefs! It totally works, and the right way to achieve greatness for the company! Thank-you for coming back to our company! Sincerely Ken Sharp

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