AQUA by El Gaucho is a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment. Individuals who are self-starters, committed to high standards, and delivering unparalleled service thrive on our team. Our company was built on seven key pillars that drive our company forward, which include: Individual Responsibility, Professionalism, Stewardship, Action-Oriented, Free Enterprise, Building a Strong Community, and Heritage of Hospitality. If you have a can-do attitude and heart for hospitality, we’d love to hear from you!

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Rena Lehn

General Manager

Rena Lehn has been part of the El Gaucho team for more than 10 years, starting at El Gaucho Tacoma and later moving to the company flagship, El Gaucho Seattle, before joining the AQUA team in 2017.  Her dedication and leadership talents led to her new role as general manager.

Rena was born and raised in Montana and began working in the hospitality industry at 15 years old.  She began as a housekeeper in a hotel in Missoula and eventually moved to Seattle to gain new experiences and opportunities, and to create friendships in a new community.  She began at Marriott Hotels as a supervisor in the housekeeping department but knew her heart was in the restaurant side of the hospitality industry.  She began working in a few small family-owned restaurants before moving to Restaurants Unlimited for 8 years prior to joining the El Gaucho team.

In addition to her leadership role at AQUA, Rena also started a small business in 2012 making and selling handcrafted jewelry.  Rena is a creative crafter and gift-maker and she and her husband of 12 years enjoy travelling and spending time outdoors skiing and hiking and taking care of their two cats and 19-year-old chinchilla.

Joe Satterwhite

Executive Chef

Chef Joe Satterwhite, known as “Chef Joe” in the kitchen, is a culinary professional whose passion for cooking and dedication to his craft have led him on an inspiring journey in the culinary world. Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, he was introduced to the art of cooking at a young age by his father, and his mother’s culinary talents further fueled his love for food.

In 2011, he graduated from culinary arts school and started his journey as a line cook at Joeys Southcenter, climbing the ranks to become the sous chef. In 2021, he joined AQUA as the sous chef and in 2023 became executive chef.

Music is his therapy, and his motto is, “Let’s make today better than yesterday.” With a love for both cooking and music, and his full name proudly displayed on his chef coat, Chef Joe Satterwhite continues to make his mark in the culinary realm, inspiring others with his passion, talent, and unwavering commitment to turning ordinary meals into extraordinary experiences.

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