For fans wondering when does Michelle Obama’s cooking show start, the premier of Waffles + Mochi can’t come soon enough.
2021’s most talked-about cooking show already promises to change the game thanks to the involvement of the iconic former First Lady. Small wonder audiences are seriously excited.
When does Michelle Obama’s cooking show come out?
Michelle Obama's cooking show will premiere on Netflix on March 16. Waffles + Mochi will address a younger audience and be educational as well as entertaining.
The new series is one of several collaborations between the Obama and the streaming service. As well as Waffles + Mochi, Netflix has also platformed her “Becoming” documentary, based on the international bestselling title of the same name.
In fact, the new show is just the latest in a line of documentaries and series that the Obamas are producing alongside the streaming giant.
In 2019, the former First Lady and her husband former President Barack Obama announced a slate of upcoming Netflix features.
These include an adaptation of the book Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom and Listen to Your Vegetables and Eat Your Parents – another food series focused on preschoolers.
Should Waffles + Mochi prove a success, fans may well have much more food content to look forward to.
What is Michelle Obama’s cooking show about?
The new series features Obama alongside a duo of puppets from The Land of Frozen Food. The show charts the two puppets journey as they try to become chefs.
The whimsical series features a magical flying shopping trolley that the duo use to travel the world for home-cooked food. Netflix describes the show as “hilarious, heartwarming and simply magical.”
In a statement on the new series, Netflix explained:
"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 alongside renowned chefs, home cooks, kids and celebrities."
Obama, who also acts as executive producer alongside husband Barack, also added: "I only wish Waffles + Mochi had been around when my daughters were growing up, because it's the kind of programme 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."
What are Michelle Obama’s cooking credentials?
The new Waffles + Mochi show is part of a longstanding campaign by Obama to promote healthy eating options to children.
In 2013, for instance, she hosted the Sesame Street characters Elmo and Rosalita as part of her ongoing Let’s Move! campaign.
She has also revealed that the new Netflix show is "an extension of my work to support children's health as First Lady".
The success of the Let’s Move campaign has led some commentators to label Obama as “The First Lady of Food”.
In a 2015 interview on the subject, she demonstrated just how passionately she feels about healthy eating, telling Cooking Light:
“The most powerful thing that [people] can do for their overall health is feed their bodies good nutritious food.
“If you don’t like the doctor, if you don’t like the government, if you don’t like folks messing with your life, the best thing to do is make sure you’re healthy.”
Obama might not have any formal training as a professional chef. However, her experience with the issue of children’s health makes her the perfect choice to front the new Netflix series.