Saturday 21st October // Boardwalk Gallery, Wrest Point 

Bianca & James Welsh 

James Welsh co-owner and Sommelier at Stillwater Restaurant and Providore and Black Cow Bistro in Launceston has been treading the boards in hospitality for the last 16 years. Born and bred Tasmanian he developed an interest in wine and began his hospitality career in cellar doors and cafe work. With a desire to further his hospitality career he became the food and beverage manager at the Cornwall Boutique Hotel and then began a casual job at Stillwater restaurant in 2006. His passion flourished as he worked his way in to his Manager/Sommelier role. A career highlight for James is becoming a Len Evans Tutorial Scholar in 2015, one of the most prestigious wine schools in the world. He enjoys show judging, travel, inappropriate jokes and making his half Asian 1 year old son laugh.

Bianca Welsh is a co-owner of three Launceston award-winning businesses; Stillwater Restaurant, Black Cow Bistro and the Stillwater Providore. You’ll often find Bianca engaging in many ways in her community – be it motivational talks or career sessions at various schools around the state, contributing in her position as a board member of both Cornerstone Youth Services and Design Tasmania. She is also completing a Psychology degree with UTAS to compliment her Human Resources role within her businesses. In 2015 she jointly won the title Electrolux Appetite for Excellence’s Young Restaurateur of the Year, and was a state finalist in the 2015 Young Australian of the Year category having been recognised for her contribution to youth issues. Bianca is a finalist this year for the Launceston Chamber of Commerce Professional of the Year. She has recently become a mum and enjoys the challenge of balancing her roles.