“I’ve got some big news for you! This is something I’ve been working on for a while now, and I’m so excited to finally be able to tell you all about it. Allow me to introduce two new friends of mine: Their names are Waffles and Mochi,” Mrs. Obama announced in an Instagram post.
What’s It About?
The show will be “all about good food: discovering it, cooking it, and of course, eating it,” Mrs. Obama also shared in the post.
We should expect to see a lot of our former first lady. Not only is she an executive producer of the show, she is also starring in the series.
The show will center around two puppets, Waffles and Mochi, who dream of becoming chefs and travel the world looking for ingredients and making dishes.
“They come from the land of frozen foods and with the help of friendly new faces like the supermarket owner, Mrs. Obama, Waffles and Mochi blast off on global ingredient missions, traveling to kitchens, restaurants, farms and homes all over the world”, Netflix said. “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.”
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. pic.twitter.com/mSFh0nrkCs
— Strong Black Lead (@strongblacklead) February 9, 2021
Fun For The Whole Family
Even though the show’s target audience are children, Mrs. Obama says parents will enjoy it too–and will get some helpful cooking tips at the same time.
“In many ways, this show is an extension of my work to support children’s health as first lady–and to be quite honest, I wish a program like this had been around when my girls were young,” she said.
The theme of the show follows closely with her work as first lady. She took the initiative to improve the diets of million children across the United States by updating federal nutrition standards and providing healthier meals to schools.
She also planted a vegetable garden on the South Lawn of the White House to educate children about healthy and locally grown fruit and vegetables.
This project was her first big effort to stop obesity at a time when it was a national concern, as well as the foundation of her signature campaign, “Let’s Move”, which brought awareness to the importance of good eating habits and exercise.
“Waffles + Mochi” is collaborating with the Partnership for a Healthier America. Mrs. Obama serves as the honorary chair where she and the organization works to expand access to affordable, fresh, nutritious foods in undeserved communities.
“Waffles + Mochi” is the latest release from the Obamas’ production company, Higher Ground Production and their long- time partnership with Netflix. It will be available for streaming on March 16.
Chalise Thomas is a Mass Communications major at Albany State University. She lives in Jonesboro, GA