The Netflix series Waffles + Mochi chronicles the whimsical food adventures of two puppets and the former First Lady.

By Maria Yagoda
March 12, 2021
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Waffles and Massimo Bottura
Credit: Courtesy of Adam Rose / Netflix

On March 16, Michelle Obama is debuting her new kids cooking show, Waffles + Mochi, on Netflix. The ten-episode series follows the culinary adventures of the two titular puppets as they rub elbows with some of the world's most renowned chefs, including José Andrés, Mashama Bailey, and Massimo Bottura.

On episode 6, the theme is eggs. Bottura, of the famed Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, demonstrates how to make tortellini. Known worldwide for his fresh pasta, the chef shows how to mix and need the dough, then fill it and roll it.

"I couldn't be more excited to join in this hilarious, heartwarming, and simply magical show," said Obama when announcing the series. "I only wish Waffles + Mochi had been around when my daughters were growing up because it's the kind of program that's fun to watch together as a family, and gives parents the peace of mind to know that their little ones are learning something, too."

Obama needs no introduction, but as for the two puppet leads, Waffle and Mochi, they're billed as best friends and aspiring chefs. "When these two taste-buddies are suddenly hired as the freshest employees of a whimsical supermarket, they're ready for the culinary adventure of a lifetime," Netflix explains. "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."