Alexis Starr, an environmental scientist with the Enforcement Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, took first place in the recent DEQ Chili Cook-Off Contest with her “Boilermaker Chili.”

“The secret to my success is Mom,” Starr said. “She sends me all sorts of fun ingredients and recipes. And my chili is still not even close to as good as hers.”

For her chili submission, Starr won a $50 gift card to Piggy Wiggly, donated by Piggly Wiggly in support of the Capital Area United Way.

The chili cook-off was one of several food events hosted by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality for its annual United Way fundraising efforts.

Judges were Kylie Dixon, WBRZ-TV morning co-anchor; Jay Grymes, WAFB-TV’s chief meteorologist; Greg Langley, DEQ press secretary; and Kenny Kimball, DEQ’s reigning eight-time hot dog-eating contest winner.