Former first lady Michelle Obama returns to Netflix to launch a new children’s food program featuring a pair of marionettes this time. She said she wishes that “bring a bit of light and laughter to homes around the world.”
“On Tuesday, she revealed that for the new series called “Waffles + Mochi,” she is teaming up with the streaming giant. The show begins streaming on March 16 and will be “all about delicious food: finding it, preparing it, and, of course, enjoying it,” Mrs. Obama posted in an Instagram message. She will be both a star and the series’ executive producer.
According to a press release from the show, the show focuses on two puppet mates, Waffles and Mochi, who dream of becoming chefs and roaming across the globe searching for recipes and creating dishes “alongside renowned chefs, home cooks, kids and celebrities.”
“They come from the land of frozen foods and with the help of friendly new faces like the supermarket owner, Mrs. Obama, Waffles and Mochi blast off on global ingredient missions, traveling to kitchens, restaurants, farms and homes all over the world,” Netflix said. “Whether they’re picking potatoes in the Andes of Peru, sampling spices in Italy, or making Miso in Japan, these curious explorers uncover the wonder of food and discover every meal is a chance to make new friends.”
Although the show is targeted at youth, she says parents will enjoy it too, at the same time getting some useful cooking tips.
“In many ways, this show is an extension of my work to support children’s health as first lady — and to be quite honest, I wish a program like this had been around when my girls were young,” she said.
Waffles and Mochi dream of being chefs…and with a little help from Michelle Obama, they go on food adventures all over the world! pic.twitter.com/MhmyuqMTpv— Strong Black Lead (@strongblacklead) February 9, 2021
The theme of the show is closely associated with the work she did as first lady, concentrating on changing millions of kids’ diets by reforming government guidelines of education and delivering healthy meals to classrooms. At a time when obesity had become a national issue, she planted a vegetable garden on the White House’s South Lawn to teach children about good, locally grown fruits and vegetables.
This was one of her first major projects and the inspiration for her “Let’s Move,” flagship campaign, which stressed the value of healthy eating habits and exercise.
“Waffles + Mochi” operates for the Healthy America Collaboration, a nonprofit where Mrs. Obama serves as the honorary chair. In underserved neighborhoods, the agency aims to extend access to safe, new, healthy foods.
As part of its relationship with Netflix that began in 2018, “Waffles + Mochi” is the newest release from the Obamas’ production house, Higher Ground Productions. It has previously released a variety of documentaries, including “American Factory” and “Crip Camp.” The “Becoming” of Mrs. Obama debuted on the channel last year.
A list of other upcoming productions, including four films and two new dramas, has recently been announced by Higher Ground.