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10th Feb 2021

Michelle Obama is launching a children’s cooking show on Netflix

Trine Jensen-Burke

Never mind the kids, we can’t wait to watch this!

Children’s health and education has always been one of her main passions, and now Michelle Obama is taking her love of kids – and healthy eating – to the big screen.

This week, the former First Lady shared the following post with her 45 million Instagram followers:


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Et innlegg delt av Michelle Obama (@michelleobama)

Mrs Obama is to star alongside puppets in a Netflix show called Waffles + Mochi that aims to teach children the joys of home cooking over eating ready meals.

She and husband Barack are among the executive producers, after they signed a deal with Netflix to produce series and films back in 2018. Previously, they have produced the movie Becoming for the streaming giant, the 2020 documentary based on Michelle’s best-selling autobiography.

The show, which she describes as “hilarious, heartwarming, and simply magical,” sees Michelle playing a supermarket owner alongside puppets and best friends, Waffles and Mochi.

Here is what Netflix has to say about the show, which is due to drop next month:

“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.

When these two taste-buddies are suddenly hired as the freshest employees of a whimsical supermarket, they’re ready for the culinary adventure of a lifetime. With the help of friendly new faces like the supermarket owner, Mrs. Obama, and a magical flying shopping cart as their guide, Waffles and Mochi blast off on global ingredient missions, traveling to kitchens, restaurants, farms and homes all over the world, cooking up recipes with everyday ingredients alongside renowned chefs, home cooks, kids and celebrities.

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. Waffles + Mochi is an exciting invitation to get kids and grown-ups cooking together in the kitchen and connecting to cultures around the globe.”

In her own post about the news, the former First Lady writes:

“I only wish Waffles + Mochi had been around when my daughters were growing up, because it’s the kind of programme that’s fun to watch together as a family, and gives parents the peace of mind to know that their little ones are learning something, too.”

Waffles + Mochi is set to premiere on March 16th.