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Netflix's 'Waffles + Mochi': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all about Michelle Obama's cooking show for children

The former first lady stars as a supermarket owner who helps two puppets embark on a global culinary adventure
Michelle Obama in 'Waffles + Mochi' (Netflix)
Michelle Obama in 'Waffles + Mochi' (Netflix)

Who doesn't love a good cooking show? Throw in cute puppets, world travel and the Obamas and you have what seems to be a sure shot recipe for success. 'Waffles + Mochi' is the first scripted series that the Obamas have made during their multi-year deal with Netflix. The Obamas have already released unscripted series such as 'American Factory', 'Chimp Champ' and 'Becoming'. In 'Waffles + Mochi' the former first lady stars as a supermarket owner who helps two puppets embark on a global culinary adventure. As part of this adventure, Waffles and Mochi visit restaraunts, kitchens and farms around the world, courtesy their flying shopping cart.


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Release date

Waffles + Mochi will have 10 episodes stream globally on Netflix on March 16.


'Waffles + Mochi' centers around the adventures of best friend duo Waffle, the snow creature, and Mochi, the sentient dessert. Former First Lady Michelle Obama sends them across the world from Seoul to Savannah, to help them become the world's best chefs. Michelle will also introduce 'Waffles and Mochi to a host of her famous friends including Jack Black, Rashida Jones, Common, Zach Galifianakis, Tan France, Gaten Matarazzo, Sia, Mandy Moore, Samin Nosrat, José Andrés and Massimo Bottura. 'Waffles + Mochi' will use a blend of live-action and animation.


Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama plays a kind supermarket owner on Netflix's 'Waffles + Mochi' who helps two adorable puppets achieve their goal of becoming world-famous chefs. Children's health and nutrition have always been extremely important to the former First Lady. This cause has now translated to the screen in a fun and accessible manner for children. During the Obama administration, the first lady launched her 'Let's Move!' campaign to counter the increase in childhood obesity and promote better snacking.

'Waffles + Mochi' is a collaboration with 'Partnership for a Healthier America' to encourage children and families to get in the kitchen and build healthy eating habits. It seems like the former First Lady is pretty excited about her new venture as she tweeted, "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."

Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks to guests at the Obama Foundation Summit at Illinois Institute of Technology on October 29, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois (Getty Images)


Michelle Zamora 

Joining Michelle Obama on 'Waffles + Mochi' is another Michelle. The person who is literally pulling the strings on 'Waffles + Mochi' is Michelle Zamora who is the CEO and creative director of Viva La Puppet, LLC. She plays the role of Waffles on 'Waffles + Mochi'. In 2000, she began her journey with puppets while getting her BA in theater. Originally from Brownsville, Texas, she discovered her love of puppets at an early age with stop-motion VHS videos with her sister and making miniature people out of clay. What started as a childhood passion turned into a company that works to elevate the art form of puppetry into a fresh new innovative direction.

Most recently she worked on set for Zedd and Katy Perry’s '365' video.

Michelle Zamora stars in 'Waffles + Mochi' (Instagram)

Russ Walko

Russ Walko plays the role of Mochi and Intercommy on 'Waffles + Mochi'. Russ is a Los Angeles-based puppeteer and puppet builder who has been professionally building and performing for well over a decade. He began making puppets as a way to advance his opportunities in performance.

Making puppets in his garage has evolved into his business, Puppet Garage.  

Russ Walko stars in 'Waffles and Mochi' (Instagram)

Where to watch

'Waffles + Mochi' will have 10 episodes dropping globally on Netflix on March 16.


Get set for some fun, some food and some very famous friends in the trailer of 'Waffles + Mochi'.


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