Michelle Obama Is Launching a NEW Netflix Cooking Show for Kids in March

updated Feb 24, 2021
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When former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama announced their Higher Ground Productions planned to partner with Netflix on a bunch of shows back in 2018, nobody knew what to expect. Three years later, we’ve gotten the first taste of the couple’s shows, including American Factory, which won an Oscar, and the popular Crip Camp. Now, they’ve signed on to do another handful of shows for Netflix, and Michelle announced this morning on Twitter and Instagram that among them will be a 10-episode children’s food show called Waffles + Mochi.

“Allow me to introduce two new friends of mine,” she says in her Instagram post. “Their names are Waffles and Mochi.”

Then she announces that starting March 16th, the three of them will be launching a new children’s show on Netflix. One of the co-producers, reports Entertainment Weekly, is Jeremy Konner of Drunk History. “It’s all about good food: discovering it, cooking it, and of course, eating it,” Obama explains. Waffles and Mochi will apparently take them on adventures all around the world “to explore new ingredients and try out new recipes.” She promises that kids will love it, but that she knows adults will “get plenty of laughs — and some tips for the kitchen.”

The official blurb for the show offers a little more insight on what viewers can expect in terms of content: “Once upon a thyme, deep in The Land of Frozen Food, lived two best friends named Waffles and Mochi with one shared dream: to become chefs! The only problem? Everything they cooked was made of ice.” They end up taking a job at a whimsical supermarket, where the supermarket owner just happens to be Mrs. Obama. There’s also a magical flying shopping cart that shows up as their guide on global ingredient missions where they travel to kitchens, restaurants, farms, and homes all over the world. They will pick potatoes in Peru, sample spices in Italy, and make miso in Japan with their motley crew.

On Instagram, Obama mentions that she considers this to be an extension of the work she did on children’s health as First Lady. “To be quite honest, I wish a program like this had been around when my girls were young.” She acknowledges that this is a hard time right now and expresses hope that the show will bring “a bit of light and laughter into homes.” They are working with the Partnership for a Healthier America to get fresh ingredients to families who need them so they can also cook at home.