Michelle Obama Launching New Netflix Cooking Show

by Emily Morgan

Former first lady Michelle Obama is in the spotlight again. This time she’s trading her political duties for Executive Producer in her new Netflix series. 

On Tuesday, 57-year-old Obama announced that she plans to release a new children’s cooking show with the streaming platform, titled “Waffles + Mochi.”

Obama will both star in and produce the show, which premieres this Spring. 

According to Netflix, the series will follow two puppets named Waffles and Mochi 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 chefs, home cooks, kids, and celebrities,” according to Netflix.

Besides producing, the former first lady will play a supermarket owner who helps the pair on their journey.

Announcing the new series 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.”

In a second tweet, she added, “I’m also excited to work with @PHAnews to help kids build healthy habits and help families in need cook with fresh ingredients together at home. I hope you’ll join us by watching on March 16! #WafflesandMochi.”

Michelle Obama Create Children’s Cooking Show, Continues Healthy Eating Initiative

The show’s themes closely align with Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign, which was aimed at curbing childhood obesity.

During her time as the first lady, she tried to lead initiatives that helped families access healthy, affordable foods and increase their exercise.

The Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions produce the show, and Erika Thormahlen & Jeremy Konner will serve as showrunners. Tonia Davis, Priya Swaminathan, Obama, and her husband, former President Barack Obama, will act as the show’s producers.

Since leaving their political duties in 2017, the Obamas have taken a step back from national politics. Now, they have focused their attention on social causes and projects.

In 2018, the Obamas signed a deal with Netflix to produce television shows and films for the streaming service. 

In May 2020, a documentary about Mrs. Obama’s post-White House life and work, Becoming, premiered on Netflix. 

The documentary, named after her 2018 memoir, followed Obama on her book tour. It also featured footage from her travels and her work during her time as the first lady.

The Obamas’ production company’s first feature release, American Factory, premiered on Netflix in 2019. The film went on to win an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.

“Waffles + Mochi” premieres on March 16 on Netflix.