Russell Avalos, Ed Avalos, Undersecretary, Marketing and Regulatory, Max Finberg, Director, Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and Al Almonza, Administrator, Food Safety Inspection Service share a laugh at the U. S. Department of Agriculture Second Annual Chili Challenge Contest to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at USDA in Washington, DC, Thursday, October 6, 2011. Celebrity chefs and USDA employee chef volunteers used chili’s in delicious recipes to celebrate Hispanic cuisine. USDA’s traditional Chili Challenge trophy will be awarded to this year’s best-tasting chili. The judges for the challenge will be Chefs Toni Tipton-Martin, Chef Pedro Matamoros from 8407 Kitchen Bar, Corporate Executive Chef Lance Lemin, Krista Hardin, Chief of Staff and Undersecretary Avalos. USDA Photo by Bob Nichols.