by Muthoni Kimani
February 11, 2021
Former First Lady Michelle Obama is launching a kid-centric cooking show on Netflix.
Michelle will be a star and an executive producer of "Waffles + Mochi," which will be available for streaming starting March 16. Geared toward a younger audience, it will feature two puppets, aptly named Waffles and Mochi, and Michelle as a supermarket owner. The show will chronicle their journey as they try to become chefs.
Netflix said in a statement describing the premise of the show;
"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,"
The theme of the show closely aligns with Obama's "Let's Move!" public health campaign, which was aimed at curbing 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.
"Waffles + Mochi" is just one of the former First Lady's many media ventures. Her "Becoming" documentary is already on Netflix, and in 2020, she launched a podcast on Spotify. Barack and Michelle Obama's Higher Ground Productions has a multi-year production deal with Netflix.