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.