Bianca Welsh(Tasmania)

Youth Ambassador and 2016 Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year finalist

Bianca Welsh

Bianca Welsh is a co-owner of three Launceston award-winning businesses; Stillwater Restaurant, Black Cow Bistro and the Stillwater Providore.

Entering the hospitality industry at the age of 16, she worked her way through the ranks of various different venues from fast food, to a Cellar Door, hotel restaurant, retail store and finally a fine dining restaurant. She was offered an opportunity to become a manager at Stillwater, having worked there since 2006, and was then offered an opportunity to be a co-owner and part of a new venue – the Black Cow Bistro when she was 21 in 2008. She was then offered an opportunity to purchase a share in the award winning Stillwater Restaurant in 2010. The group also then bought the Mill Providore, now known as the Stillwater Providore in 2014.

Growing up in the Northern suburbs of Launceston she attended Brooks High School prior to Newstead College and completed her Diploma of Hospitality Management at the Drysdale Institute. Bianca regularly engages with various public and private schools, as well as training institutions, across the north of the state providing discussions and speeches around topics such as hospitality pathways, achieving goals, mental health and the challenges and pressures youth face along with the benefits of completing year 12.

Through her human resources role within her businesses she has developed a passion for psychology and has almost completed a part-time degree at UTAS in Psychology. Bianca is actively involved in the community, sitting on the board of Cornerstone Youth Services, which is the lead agency in the North of Tasmania for Headspace.

In 2015, she jointly won the title Electrolux Appetite for Excellence’s Young Restaurateur of the Year, a national award also recognising Chefs and Waiters. She was also a state finalist in the 2016 Young Australian of the Year category having been recognised for her contribution to youth issues.

Bianca lives and breathes everything about the hospitality industry and is passionate about promoting and showcasing Tasmanian produce in all of her establishments. She is also passionate about raising awareness and taking action around mental health issues and providing nurturing and supportive work environments for her teams.