Michelle Obama is launching a new cooking show for kids on Netflix, starring some cute puppet friends. Her mission to encourage kids to eat healthier will become a global reality, supported by her puppet allies: Waffles, a creature whose ears are shaped like the griddled breakfast treat and Mochi, an adorable little ball, formed like the Japanese rice cake.
In addition to executive producing 'Waffles + Mochi,' she’ll play the owner of a 'whimsical supermarket' that employs the puppets, who are also her best friends and aspiring chefs.
This culinary adventure of a lifetime will have characters hop aboard a magical shopping cart to seek out ingredients all over the world. They'll go potato picking in the Andes of Peru, sample spices in Italy, or make miso in Japan. Curious explorers get the chance to uncover the wonder of food and discover every meal is a chance to make new friends.
There are ten 20 minute segments planned and the series will feature Chefs: Amanda Mosher, Ao Onigiri, Bricia Lopez, Hamed Ahmadi, Jose Andres, Juliana Quinto, Mashama Bailey, Massimo Bottura, Motokichi Yukimura, Pia Leon, Preeti Mistry, Samin Nosrat and Shiro & Keiko Hashimoto. Special guests will also make appearances including Common, Gaten Matarazzo, Jack Black, Lyric Lewis, Rashida Jones, Tan France, Zach Galifianakis and many others.
"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," the former FLOTUS announced on Twitter.
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.
Waffles + Mochi premieres March 16, 2021 on Netflix.
See trailer below!