"When Brandy Franco baked her first pastel de nata, her boyfriend and business partner, Keith Patrocinio, took one bite and knew they’d struck gold. The eggy, cream-filled tart tasted good, Franco says, “but it looked horrible. It looked like an omelet!” Born in Hawai‘i of Portuguese descent, Franco grew up eating malasadas, the dough-nut-like sweet introduced to the Islands by Portuguese immigrants. She wondered what other treats Portugal had to offer."
"Imagine these little bite size cream tarts with a crisped flaky and sturdy crust and a lightly sweet creamy filling. They are not quite pie, with their laminated pastry crust, but not a puff pastry nor a danish. Its part open face croissant, part creme brulee, but even that doesn’t begin to cover it. This elegant little treat is a Pasteis de Nata, very popular in Portugal’s bakery scene, but made right here on Ho’okele street by Brandy Franco, proprietor and pastry chef of Maui Nata."
Judges Choice Award- 1st Place
Ulupono Initiative Innovation Award