Michelle Obama announces new Netflix cooking show

The First Lady will executive produce and star in the series Waffles + Mochi

Former First Lady Michelle Obama attends 'Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama' at State Farm Arena
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Michelle Obama is back on Netflix! The former First Lady will return to the streaming platform with a new children's cooking show that she will star in and executive produce. (Looks like she won't be needing any more meal prep delivery services!) Entitled Waffles + Mochi, the series will be available to watch on March 16th. 

Announcing the exciting news on Twitter, Obama wrote: "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."

Gearing the series toward younger people, Obama hopes it will help "kids build healthy habits." The show follows two puppets—Waffles and Mochi, naturally—who "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," according to a Netflix statement. Obama stars as a supermarket owner who helps the pair on their journey. 


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Obama aims to align the series with her public health campaign 'Let's Move!' saying: "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." Waffles + Mochi is also collaborating with the Obama-chaired Partnership for a Healthier America, to send fresh ingredients to families during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Netflix spoke out ahead of the show's premiere saying: "With the help of friendly new faces like the supermarket owner, Mrs. Obama, and a magical flying shopping cart as their guide," the show will tell stories that "embody the values the Obamas have championed throughout their lives."

Michelle and Barack Obama have already released several documentaries on Netflix—including American Factory, Becoming and Crip Camp, the latter of which you should definitely catch up on before the award shows 2021 season begins. The children's cooking show is the couple's latest Netflix venture, part of a multi-year deal between the streaming site and the Obamas' production company, Higher Ground Productions. 

The series will run for ten episodes, and we can't wait to see Michelle jet off in "magical flying shopping carts" or go on "ingredient missions" all over the world. Who says adults can't watch it, too?!

Kudzai Chibaduki

Since December 2020, Kudzai has worked as a trainee journalist at FUTURE, writing about fashion, entertainment and beauty content for My Imperfect Life.

Kudzai previously worked as a freelance fashion wardrobe stylist, directing magazine photoshoots and coordinating the fashion direction of recording artists. A fully qualified Journalism and Media graduate from De Mont Fort University, Kudzai graduated in the summer of 2020.