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Juan Carlos Cruz

Juan-Carlos Cruz (30 January 1962) is a celebrity chef and the former host of Calorie Commando and Weighing In (formerly titled Take It Off) on the Food Network. Cruz lost 43 pounds on the Discovery Health Channel show Discovery Health Body Challenge, which encouraged him to change directions from being a pastry chef to do low-calorie cooking. Cruz graduated in 1993 from the California Culinary Academy. In 1994 he started working at the Stanford Park Hotel as a pastry chef. In 1996, he started as pastry sous-chef at the Hotel Bel Air. While at the Bel Air he created pastries for celebrities such as Jack Nicholson, Oprah Winfrey and Julia Roberts. In 2001, he started the website Pastrydude.com. The site is no longer active and the domain was sold at auction. On Thursday, May 13, 2010, he was arrested at Cheviot Hills Park in Los Angeles, for having allegedly solicited three homeless persons at the Third Street Promenade to murder his wife, Jennifer Campbell. Cruz was initially held on $5 million bail; however, the bail was reduced to $2 million at the arraignment. On Tuesday, October 26, 2010, Cruz entered into a plea agreement pursuant to which he pled "no contest" to a charge of

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Cover-Up Alleged in Food Network Host's Plea Bargain

Cover-Up Alleged in Food Network Host's Plea Bargain

One of the key witnesses in the attempted murder case involving former Food Network host Juan-Carlos Cruz tells TMZ the prosecutor in the case engaged in a cover-up ... and Cruz' lawyer says it… READ MORE >

Juan-Carlos Cruz -- One of the Homeless Guys Died

Juan-Carlos Cruz -- One of the Homeless Guys Died

TMZ has learned one of the homeless men Juan-Carlos Cruz tried to recruit to kill his wife passed away a few months back. After Cruz was sentenced on Monday, we decided to track down the three men… READ MORE >

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Juan-Carlos Cruz Sentenced to Prison

Juan-Carlos Cruz Sentenced to Prison

Former Food Network chef Juan-Carlos Cruz was just sentenced to nine years in prison ... this after he pled no contest back in October for attempting to solicit men to murder his wife.Cruz tried… READ MORE >

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Ex 'Food Network' Host Pleads Over Attempted Murder

Ex 'Food Network' Host Pleads Over Attempted Murder

Former Food Network chef Juan-Carlos Cruz just copped a plea in the plot to have 3 homeless guys kill his wife.  TMZ broke the story ... Cruz cut a deal with the prosecutors.  He pled no… READ MORE >

- 1355 days ago
Former Food Network Host To Cop a Plea

Former Food Network Host To Cop a Plea

Juan-Carlos Cruz -- the former Food Network host accused of putting a hit out on his wife -- will cop a plea today that will land him in prison for years ... TMZ has learned.Cruz -- who allegedly… READ MORE >

- 1355 days ago
Food Network Host To Plea Bargain in Murder-for-Hire

Food Network Host To Plea Bargain in Murder-for-Hire

The former Food Network host accused of putting a hit out on his wife is close to a plea bargain, and best case scenario for him ... he could end up with probation.Juan-Carlos Cruz is accused of… READ MORE >

- 1454 days ago
TMZ Video Sought in Chef Murder-For-Hire Case

TMZ Video Sought in Chef Murder-For-Hire Case

Juan-Carlos Cruz -- the former Food Network host accused of trying to hire some homeless guys to kill his wife -- sat in court this morning, as the judge inquired about a TMZ video featuring the… READ MORE >

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Oprah Ticks Off Homeless Guys in Chef Case

Oprah Ticks Off Homeless Guys in Chef Case

The homeless guys who exposed an alleged murder-for-hire plot involving a Food Network chef are pissed off at Oprah Winfrey -- claiming they deserve to be on her show ... not Juan-Carlos Cruz. As… READ MORE >

- 1496 days ago
Possible Plea Deal in Murder-for-Hire Case

Possible Plea Deal in Murder-for-Hire Case

TMZ has learned ...Juan-Carlos Cruz could cop a plea in his attempted murder case as early as June 23. We've learned ... last week a Santa Monica detective approached the three homeless men whom… READ MORE >

- 1496 days ago
Oprah Fascinated By Murder-for-Hire Story

Oprah Fascinated By Murder-for-Hire Story

TMZ has learned Oprah Winfrey is trying to snag former Food Network host Juan-Carlos Cruz for a jail chit chat.Cruz is currently behind bars after being arrested for allegedly hiring three… READ MORE >

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