Celebrity chef, humanitarian and Bethesda resident José Andrés announced on Twitter that he’ll be appearing on Michelle Obama’s upcoming children’s cooking show on Netflix.
“People of America! My friend @MichelleObama is launching a show about the magic of exploring new foods…and I’m excited to be coming along! You’re going to love my new best friends, #WafflesAndMochi!,” Andrés tweeted.
People of America! My friend @MichelleObama is launching a show about the magic of exploring new foods…and I’m excited to be coming along! You’re going to love my new best friends, #WafflesAndMochi! Tune in March 16 on @netflix to see us go on a fresh food adventure together. pic.twitter.com/ANETM2cwSh
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) February 11, 2021
Waffles + Mochi starts streaming on Netflix on March 16. In the 10-episode series, the former First Lady owns a grocery store and befriends two puppets who hop on a magic shopping cart, traveling around the world to become chefs. The two puppets, Waffles and Mochi, travel around the the world meeting chefs and celebrities as they cook up healthy recipes with everyday ingredients.
One of the chefs the puppets meet along the way will be Andrés, who founded the food relief nonprofit, World Central Kitchen. The series will feature other celebrity appearances from Jack Black, Rashida Jones, Common, Zach Galifianakis, Tan France, Gaten Matarazzo, Sia, Mandy Moore, Samin Nosrat, and Massimo Bottura.
Here’s the trailer for #WafflesAndMochi! I hope you’ll join us on @Netflix on March 16 to meet all my new friends and get inspired to start your own kitchen adventures with your family. pic.twitter.com/vRJZTA8WAN
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 11, 2021
The show appears to be a continuation of Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign launched when she was First Lady to help end childhood obesity by promoting healthy foods and physical activity.
In May 2018, The Obamas launched Higher Ground Productions and signed a multiyear deal with Netflix to produce educational film and television shows for the streaming company. Waffles + Mochi is the latest show produced by the Obamas to come to Netflix.
“I’m excited for families and children everywhere to join us on our adventures as we discover, cook, and eat delicious food from all over the world,” Mrs. Obama tweeted.
I’m also excited to work with @PHAnews to help kids build healthy habits and help families in need cook with fresh ingredients together at home. I hope you'll join us by watching on March 16! #WafflesAndMochi 💕
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 9, 2021