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Michelle Obama to become a saving grace for parents with new Netflix cooking show

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As a woman with a passion for health and fitness, Michelle Obama has long sought to make well-being accessible and enjoyable for all. Her latest venture is set to take that ambition onto a new global scale, with the former First Lady fronting a new Netflix cooking series for children, titled Waffles + Mochi.

Michelle broke the news to her 45.3 million Instagram followers this week, with a post showing an image of herself wearing a sky blue apron and smiling with her cuddly toy co-stars. The accompanying caption explains: ‘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. And on 16 March, we’ll be launching a new children’s show on @Netflix called Waffles + Mochi. It’s all about good food: discovering it, cooking it, and of course, eating it. These two will take us on adventures all around the world to explore new ingredients and try out new recipes. Kids will love it, but I know that adults will also get plenty of laughs – and some tips for the kitchen.

‘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. I also know that this is a difficult time for so many families, and I’m hopeful that this delightful show can bring a bit of light and laughter to homes around the world. That’s why as part of the show’s commitment to helping families during the pandemic, we’re working with our partners at @PHAnews to get fresh ingredients to families in need across the country so they can cook together at home.

‘So that’s what #WafflesAndMochi is all about. I can’t wait for you and your children to join us on our adventures on 16 March.’

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While the show is attended to appeal to children – and will no doubt be a godsend for parents seeking to keep their children entertained at home during the pandemic – it looks set to be uplifting viewing for food aficionados of all ages. As the official trailer relates, the series has been created by the same team behind Netflix hits like Chef’s Table, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and Ugly Delicious. It will offer a similar dose of culinary escapism, following Waffles and Mochi as they ‘embark on a global food expedition… learning all they can about different foods and cultures’. As well as Michelle, other starry names set to appear in the show include Jack Black, Rashida Jones, Zach Galifianakis, Tan France, Common and Sia, and chefs José Andrés, Massimo Bottura and Samin Nosrat.

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Nosrat, the acclaimed food writer behind the multi-award-winning Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, and star of its accompanying Netflix show, wrote on Instagram: ‘I feel like it’s A BRAND NEW DAY because I finally get to share with the world the deep, true, heart-exploding feelings I’ve been keeping inside for SO LONG about these two magical creatures and the scores of humans who are their caretakers. Meet @wafflesandmochiofficial, my new best friends and the best kitchen companions you and your family could ever hope for. I can’t wait for you to watch every minute of #WafflesandMochi with (or without!!) your kids on @netflix 16/3! It’s pure joy, delight, and deliciousness!’ She went on to thank those involved in the show, ‘and of course @michelleobama for taking me along on this Magicart ride!’

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Waffles + Mochi will continue Michelle’s long-running record of championing education and enjoyment around food. During Barack Obama’s tenure as President, his wife oversaw a significant overhaul of the White House garden, dedicating an 1,100-square-foot area to a new vegetable plot. The produce grown there serviced not only the White House itself but the local community, with a portion donated to a nearby soup kitchen and food banks. Fifth graders from Bancroft Elementary School in Washington were also heavily involved, taking part in planting, harvesting and cooking its bounty. Michelle subsequently published American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America, a book that ‘examines how increased access to wholesome, affordable food can promote better eating habits and improved health.’

Mark 16 March in your diaries and get the whole family ready to join Michelle, Waffles and Mochi on their culinary adventures.

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