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Ex TV Chef Busted for Solicitation to Commit Murder

5/15/2010 4:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Juan-Carlos Cruz -- former host of "Calorie Commando" on the Food Network -- was arrested Thursday after he allegedly tried to hire homeless people to kill someone for him.

Several of the homeless individuals contacted the Santa Monica Police Department’s Homeless Liaison Program last week after they were allegedly solicited by Cruz. Cops conducted an investigation with their assistance and made the arrest Thursday afternoon.

Cops have learned the identity of the intended target, but have declined to release the name.

Cruz is currently being held on $5,000,000 bail. He is due in court on Monday.

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