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Michelle Obama will cook for children on Netflix (with puppets)

The cheerful news we didn't know we needed: Michelle Obama will be the star of a children’s cooking show, adorably titled Waffles + Mochi.


Jennifer McShane
11th Feb 2021

On a rooftop garden, Michelle Obama, wearing a blue apron, converses with a furry white and blue puppet with frozen waffle ears, a round, pink mochi puppet, and a bee puppet wearing a red tie around a table dressed with green decorations for a birthday party.

Michelle Obama will cook for children on Netflix (with puppets)

Photo: Netflix

In the cooking show, which has been in development for two years, the former First Lady will play a supermarket owner who helps two puppet pals, Waffles and Mochi, fulfil their dream of becoming chefs. She announced the project on her social media, saying the show would be all about good food that kids would love to eat.

“Allow me to introduce two new friends of mine: Their names are Waffles and Mochi. And on March 16, we’ll be launching a new children’s show on @Netflix called Waffles + Mochi. It’s all about good food: discovering it, cooking it, and of course, eating it,” she said. “These two will take us on adventures all around the world to explore new ingredients and try out new recipes. Kids will love it, but I know that adults will also get plenty of laughs—and some tips for the kitchen.”

She added that the show was another way in which she could continue to do her part in supporting children and their health.

“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 programme like this had been around when my girls were young. I also know that this is a difficult time for so many families, and I’m hopeful that this delightful show can bring a bit of light and laughter to homes around the world,” she continued. “That’s why as part of the show’s commitment to helping families during the pandemic, we’re working with our partners at @PHAnews to get fresh ingredients to families in need across the country so they can cook together at home.”

The series is the latest project from the Obama’s production company, Higher Ground Productions, for which they have so far produced three documentaries for Netflix.

You can watch the trailer below:

The 10-episode series will arrive on Netflix on March 16th.