On Wednesday 26th August 2015, Sydneysiders raised their very best glass and reached for their chequebooks to support vital cancer research at the annual World’s Best BYO.

Now in its eighth year, the Fink Group and Cure Cancer Australia joined forces with the popular epicurean event held at OTTO Ristorante at Woolloomooloo’s Finger Whalf for the first time and hosted by Masterchef judge Matt Preston.

200 guests from the media, fashion, food and business worlds had the rare opportunity to bring their most prized vintages of wine and champagne to match an extraordinary Italian menu prepared by Executive Chef Richard Ptacnik and a the same time, helped to raise funds to support cancer research through Cure Cancer Australia.

Floyd Larsen Chief Executive Officer of Cure Cancer Australia said “This year’s World’s Best BYO was a huge success. Not only did we raise over $170,000 for Australia’s brightest emerging cancer researchers but we also welcomed many new members to the Cure Cancer Collaboration, an initiative which was launched on the evening. The level of interest we have indicates there are many Australians who are committed to raising funds, and having a better understanding of cancer research.”

Some of Australia’s best sommeliers from Bennelong, Quay, Firedoor, OTTO and Rockpool were on hand throughout the night to pour guests’ special vintages into varietal-specific Riedel glassware and they also recommended particular wines for each course. Guests also had the opportunity to bid for some exceptional auction and raffle prizes from Jaguar, One & One Resorts, Louis Vuitton, Paspaley, Riedel, Simon Johnson and Bvlgari.

Dr Phoebe Phillips, former Cure Cancer grant recipient and President of the Australian Society for Medical Research, addressed guests on the night about the importance of supporting Australia’s emerging cancer researchers.

“Cure Cancer Australia is filling an important gap in cancer research by offering long-term sustained support which is the only way to make a real difference when it comes to solving the pieces of the puzzle to find a cure”.

Cure Cancer Australia says the money raised from this year’s Worlds Best BYO will provide at least one brilliant emerging researcher which a funding vital grant.