The other two North American winners were from the L.A. Times and Washington Post. Thanks to judge Gail Simmons, the Canadian food writer and Top Chef personality, who selected my entry as the winner of the Culinary category.
Destination Canada even made a 2-minute video about the story, calling it a “tantalizing article,” the first time I’ve ever had one of my stories made into a video.
In announcing the award, Simmons said: “In his in-depth exploration of Vancouver’s seafood restaurant scene, Michael Shapiro not only thoroughly and thoughtfully explains the timely issues surrounding ocean sustainability and the efforts being made by Vancouver to improve it, but also succeeds in making me very, very hungry for the extraordinary and often unlikely ingredients used by the city’s most talented and conscientious chefs.”
I’ve only been to Vancouver twice, but each trip has been revelatory and I’m hungry to return.