Press & Awards

Hana Hou! Magazine, February/March 2020

"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."


Maui Time Weekly, October 2019

"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."


Maui Food Innovation Center- Maui Food X-celerator Program: November 2020

Judges Choice Award- 1st Place
 Ulupono Initiative Innovation Award
 Artistry8 Award




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