Known for her campaigns for the better health of people and children especially, Obama calls the show "an extension of my work to support children's health as first lady."
Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama may have left the White House four years ago, but their influence on the United States and other countries hasn't seemed to lessened. Even now, the power couple is using their influence to educate and connect people. And now, the better half of the two, Michelle Obama will be teaching tiny tots how to cook in a colorful new show on the online streaming platform, Netflix.
Back in 2018, the Obamas first signed a groundbreaking multi-year deal with Netflix through their production company, Higher Ground Productions. "We created Higher Ground to harness the power of storytelling," President Obama told The Hollywood Reporter. "That’s why we couldn’t be more excited about these projects. Touching on issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights, and much more, we believe each of these productions won’t just entertain, but will educate, connect and inspire us all."
And now, after releasing content like Oscar-nominated documentary American Factory and Michelle Obama's Becoming, the former First Lady is releasing another show on Netflix and this time, it's for kids. Starring some puppets, Obama aims to introduce children to the joys of home cooking over eating ready meals, according to the BBC. Named Waffles + Mochi, the show starring and being helmed by Obama will be available for streaming starting 16 March, 2021. It will feature two puppets named Waffles and Mochi, and Michelle as a supermarket owner. The show will chronicle their journey as they try to become chefs.
I’m beyond thrilled to share that on March 16, I’ll be launching a new show on @Netflix called Waffles + Mochi! I'm excited for families and children everywhere to join us on our adventures as we discover, cook, and eat delicious food from all over the world. pic.twitter.com/dedUWMp9SY— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 9, 2021
"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," Netflix said in a statement describing the premise of the show, as per CNN.
According to the BBC, Obama said, "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."
This show doesn't come as too much of a surprise as the theme of the show closely aligns with the mother-of-two's "Let's Move!" public health campaign, whose goal was to help curb childhood obesity. As one of her signature platforms, she tried to lead initiatives that helped families get access to healthy, affordable foods and increase their physical activities. For Obama, the show was "an extension of my work to support children's health as first lady."