Netflix What's Cooking Tonight with Michelle Obama : A Waffles + Mochi Special YouTube Event

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Celebrate the release of the new preschool series Waffles + Mochi, and tune in for a special YouTube event: What's Cooking Tonight with Michelle Obama, March 27th on Netflix YouTube and Netflix Facebook! Read on for more details.

Disclosure: this information comes directly from the press release for Netflix's What's Cooking Tonight with Michelle Obama. All photos courtesy of Netflix.

Have you seen Netflix's Waffles + Mochi yet? If you have little ones at home, this show is one of my favorite new picks of the season! Not only are Waffles and Mochi cute, but they offer up an excitingly diverse guest list as they travel to different countries to check out new culinary delights. Do you know how important this is for kids to see? Please scroll down to read my special note about why shows like Waffles + Mochi matter so much to our world today. 

What's Cooking Tonight with Michelle Obama

What’s Cooking Tonight with Michelle Obama is a talk show-inspired special event to help the whole family prepare a healthy, delicious dinner and get excited for Netflix's new preschool series, Waffles + Mochi! Hosted by Jennifer Garner with Timbaland and The Beatclub serving as house band and featuring talent such as Anya Taylor-Joy and Jack Black, families will be treated to three segments including “Can You Outplay a Crudite,” “Top 5 on Netflix,” and “The Queen’s Yambit.” Each segment will culminate with Mrs. Obama and chef Samin Nosrat preparing a delicious meal. Grab your family and prepare for some fun in the kitchen with your new favorite friends Waffles and Mochi in this YouTube event. 

What's Cooking Tonight with Michelle Obama
Event Premiere Date: March 27, 2021
                                   Time: 1:00pm EST, or anytime after on YouTube
                                   Where: Netflix YouTube and Netflix Facebook

Watch the Teaser Trailer


About Waffles + Mochi

Once upon a thyme, deep in The Land of Frozen Food, lived two best friends named Waffles and Mochi with one shared dream: to become chefs! The only problem? Everything they cooked was made of ice. 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. 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. Whether they’re picking potatoes in the Andes of Peru, sampling spices in Italy, or making Miso in Japan, these curious explorers uncover the wonder of food and discover every meal is a chance to make new friends. Waffles + Mochi is an exciting invitation to get kids and grown-ups cooking together in the kitchen and connecting to cultures around the globe.

Executive Producers: Erika Thormahlen, Jeremy Konner, Tonia Davis, Priya Swaminathan, Barack and Michelle Obama
Production Company: Higher Ground Productions
Featuring: Michelle Obama
Puppeteers:  Michelle Zamora (Waffles), Russ Walko (Mochi and Intercommy), Jonathan Kidder (Busy), Diona Elise Burnett (Steve the Mop and voice of Magicart), Taleia Gilliam (Shelfie), Andy Hayward (puppet swing), Piotr Michael (voice of Mochi), George Konner (voice of Intercommy)
Chefs: Amanda Mosher, Ao Onigiri, Bricia Lopez, Hamed Ahmadi, Jose Andres, Juliana Quinto, Mashama Bailey, Massimo Bottura, Motokichi Yukimura,  Pia Leon, Preeti Mistry, Samin Nosrat and Shiro & Keiko Hashimoto
Guest Stars: Common, Gaten Matarazzo, Jack Black, Lyric Lewis, Rashida     Jones, Tan France, Zach Galifianakis and more

A Special Note About Waffles + Mochi from The Jersey Momma

If you're wondering why shows like Waffles + Mochi are important and why we need them in our society,  don't just listen to me. Yes, I'm a former teacher and current mom, and I love sharing quality programming with you, but there's more to it than that. I want to tell you about a Facebook post from a friend of mine. She is Korean-American, and she recently wrote about her own daughter's love for Waffles + Mochi and why the show is important to her. It actually brought tears to my eyes.  My friend's words (below, in italics) have been reprinted here with her permission, and I urge you to read them. 

"My daughter has been loving the new series on Netflix called Waffles + Mochi. It is a children’s series about food enjoyed around the world, but it’s about so much more than food. The other evening, I could hear my daughter's little feet racing furiously upstairs to find me. She could hardly contain her excitement that they were highlighting food from Korea. She wanted me to watch with her, and her expression of surprised delight said it all. As a 2nd generation Korean-American parent, I don’t have all the answers. I never will. But, I have a newfound desire to have more honest conversations (even the hard ones) with my three children and share in processing their stories, questions, anger, confusion and sometimes, hurt. My own immigrant parents didn’t have the experience of growing up as an Asian minority child or teen in America, but my husband and I did. We know how some days can feel heavier than others, and I hope that our ability to empathize, communicate and connect will somehow help them find their own voice to advocate for themselves as well as others.  I want my children’s feet to always race with pride to find me. With that, I not only want them to be proud of their own Asian heritage, but I also want them to respect and appreciate the heritage, history, culture, and stories of everyone around them.  As heartbroken, angry and even scared as I have been feeling these past days for the Asian community, I cling to hope and peace for better."

And that, my friends, is why this show matters, and why featuring diversity in education is so very, very important. I do so hope you'll check out the show, and always remember these words!

Stay Connected

You can follow #WhatsCookingTonight and #WhatsCookingTonightNetflix on social media for more updates, photos and information. You can also follow @WafflesandMochiOfficial on Instagram. 

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