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Sunnysider Declared a ‘Sweet Genius’

May 3, 2012 By Christian Murray

A Sunnyside resident won $10,000 for her pastry skills.

Angela Cuervo, the daughter of the owners of Mario’s Restaurant, an Italian eatery located at 43-07 47th Ave., appeared on the Food Network’s “Sweet Genius” desert competition Thursday night and won the top prize.

Cuervo duked it out with three other leading pastry chefs (including her mother Lynn Chauca) through three rounds of challenges. The contestants were critiqued and judged by Ron Ben-Israel, executive chef and owner of Ron Ben-Israel Cakes in New York City.

Cuervo is a specialist in baking custom cakes—for weddings and other special occasions. She said she plans on using the funds to establish her own pastry shop.

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I pass by MARIO’S occasionally – the prices displayed are fairly astronomic considering every (nearly) review is that the place is downright mediocre.

As well, it seems nearly always empty.

How does this place survive?

I have no ill intent – maybe it’s a stupendous great place that CH,Yelp,TripAdvi maliciously misrepresent?


Wonderful congrats!!! I missed the original airing but I will catch the rerun on 5/10.


I wish I lived nearby to visit their shop. Mom and Daughter are both Sweet Geniuses regardless of the outcome of the competition. I only wish that Angela was a little considerate of her Mom. I didn’t like it that she kept asking her for help, “Mom, where are the knives?”, etc. It was distracting.

Sunny Skies

I watched the show and they were absolutely fabulous given the weird ingredients and inspiration they were dealt (spinich and squash???) My heart sank when her cake stuck to the pan but somehow she pulled it off. Now that’s the mark of a true Sweet Genius
Well done Lynn! Congratulations Angela!!!
Look forward to checking out your new well deserved pastry shop in the very near future.


hopefully now they will smile, rather then walk around like they hate the world.


Kellie nice way to support the neighborhood hater.. Angela and Lynn were awesome and apparently Skilled enough to be sweet genius


The show aired last night (5/3/12). It was titled: Relative Genius. I’m sure it will be re-aired soon. So glad she won.


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