We all know Brian Baumgartner from Kevin’s infamous chili scene in “The Office,” well, he is bringing it back and in a big way.
The scene has garnered so much attention from tweets to GIFs and Baumgartner said that it’s the scene he sees going around the most from the show. Even though nobody ever got to try Kevin’s chilim he was still celebrated for his efforts.
“It’s crazy people’s love for that moment,” the actor said.
Now 10 years later, Baumgartner has made that scene a reality. He has come out with his very own cookbook and what better content than chili?
The actor-turned-chef spent a lot of time cooking through the pandemic, and he even got invited to the “World Championship Chili Cookoff” in South Carolina for chefs all over the world to compete for the title.
“I fell in love with the community,” Baumgartner said. “I feel like it’s a communal thing. No one makes a pot of chili for themselves.”
The book contains 177 recipes for delicious chili bowls and they are perfect to share among family and friends.
Baumgartner took a note from Kevin’s book and found that the trick to a good batch of chili is to undercook the onions.
“I continue to explore adding different things, doing it slightly different and I don’t know, I’ve had a lot of fun with it,” he explained.
You can listen to “Off the Beat with Brian Baumgartner” wherever you get your podcasts and you can get his “Seriously Good Chili Cookbook” wherever books are sold starting Tuesday.
If you pre-order his book, you can get it signed by the legend himself, just go to strandbooks.com/preorders.
This segment aired on the KTLA 5 Morning News on Sept. 12, 2022.