Norfolk chef wants to teach Paul Hollywood how to make ‘proper’ Pastéis de Nata

Past�is de Nata made by Joaquim Teles. Photo supplied by Ana Teles.

Past�is de Nata made by Joaquim Teles. Photo supplied by Ana Teles. - Credit: Ana Teles

Like others, North Walsham-based pastry Chef Joaquim Teles has been following the progress of contestants on The Great British Bake Off.

Pastry chef Joaquim Teles Photo supplied by Ana Teles.

Pastry chef Joaquim Teles Photo supplied by Ana Teles. - Credit: Ana Teles

However while many will have enjoyed watching pastry week, Mr Teles found himself frustrated with what he saw.

The 44-year-old whose speciality bake is Pastéis de Nata was less than impressed with the recipe Paul Hollywood provided.

'Since I arrived in the UK I have been trying to explain what Pastéis de Nata are. They are not Portuguese custard tarts, they are not egg custard tarts, they are Pastéis de Nata,' said Mr Teles.

'After seeing the Bake Off episode, I felt really upset. Everything in the recipe was wrong.


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'First, making puff pastry from scratch isn't easy and making it without guidance is unacceptable, so the puff pastry didn't come out as it should. Then the filling - it's more complex than they showed and don't get me started on the muffin tins they supplied!'

He added: 'They say they were making Pastéis de Nata but really they were making something else.'

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Mr Teles has since made his own videos showing how to correctly make the treat.

He plans to start a YouTube channel to instuct on the art of patisserie.

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