Michelle Obama to team up with puppets for kids’ food show
NEW YORK – Michelle Obama is launching a Netflix kids’ cookery show featuring a pair of puppets “to bring some light and laughter to homes around the world.”
The new show, titled “Waffles + Mochi”, will launch on March 16 and will be “all about good food: discovering it, cooking it and of course eating it,” the former first lady posted on Instagram on Tuesday. The 20-minute episodes will combine live action and puppetry, and Obama will be a regular on the show.
The show centers on two puppet best friends who dream of becoming chefs and travel the world in search of ingredients and preparing dishes “alongside renowned chefs, home cooks, children and celebrities.” , according to a press release from the show.
“The kids will love it, but I know the adults will have lots of laughs too – and some cooking tips,” Obama wrote. “In many ways this show is an extension of my work to support children’s health as first lady – and to be completely honest I wish a program like this existed when my daughters were young. “
The show is produced by Higher Ground Productions, the production company owned by Obama and her husband, former President Barack Obama. In 2018, the Obamas signed a multi-year agreement with Netflix. “Waffles + Mochi” is the first original series for preschoolers to release from Higher Ground Productions, which also announced a list of other original series to be released later this year.
“We created Higher Ground to tell great stories,” the Obamas said in a press release. “From science fiction and the beauty of our natural world to the relationships that define us, Higher Ground continues to seek out new perspectives, compelling characters and a healthy dose of inspiration. We couldn’t be more proud to do team up with the brilliant artists behind each of these stories, each one has something important to say.
New shows and films from Higher Ground will include “Exit West”, a supernatural love affair with actor Riz Ahmed; “Grands National Parks”, a documentary series on nature; and the comedy series “The G Word with Adam Conover”.
Michelle Obama herself has a long history of food and healthy eating. As first lady, Obama championed healthier school meals as part of the “Let’s Move” campaign and also planted the White House’s first vegetable garden for over 60 years.
The first lady at the time called on elected officials, food manufacturers, vendors, restaurant chains and others to try to make healthy food more accessible. She lobbied lawmakers to add more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and limit fat, sugar and sodium in the federal school lunch program.
Ms. Obama’s pressure to put the country on a health kick spilled over to exercise – and she was exposed to A.
To promote “Let’s Move”, the first lady often wore sports clothes and ran with children in sports clinics, some on the South Lawn. She wrapped a hoop around her waist 142 times and did some kickboxing in a video of the gym workout that helped tone the upper arms she showed off regularly, as in her official Home photo White.
She did push-ups with Ellen DeGeneres, ran in a potato sack against late-night TV’s Jimmy Fallon in the East Room, and performed with a turnip in a short popular social media video – all this to show that exercise can be fun.
“I’m pretty much ready to make a fool of myself to get our kids moving,” she once said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.