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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 The site is no longer active and the domain was sold at auction.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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Food Network Star -- Plea Bargain Rumblings

Food Network Star
Plea Bargain Rumblings

Sources tell TMZ the L.A. County District Attorney's Office is open to plea bargaining the attempted murder case against former Food Network host Juan-Carlos Cruz.Law enforcement sources tell us… READ MORE >

Homeless Man: I Warned Cruz's Wife of Murder Plot

Homeless Man: I Warned Cruz's Wife of Murder Plot

One of the homeless men cops worked with to bust former Food Network host Juan-Carlos Cruz says he warned Cruz's wife, Jennifer Campbell, that he had been paid to kill her.David Walters -- aka Big… READ MORE >

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Juan-Carlos Cruz -- Murder/Suicide Plan

Juan-Carlos Cruz -- Murder/Suicide Plan

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Juan-Carlos Cruz was allegedly involved in a Shakespearean plot to kill his wife and then kill himself -- and it's all over their inability to have babies.Sources… READ MORE >

- 1559 days ago
Juan-Carlos Cruz Pleads Not Guilty

Juan-Carlos Cruz
Pleads Not Guilty

Juan-Carlos Cruz just pled not guilty to attempted murder and solicitation of murder during his arraignment moments ago in criminal court in Los Angeles.Bail was set at $2,000,000.Cruz -- pictured… READ MORE >

- 1559 days ago
Juan-Carlos Cruz's Wife -- In Misery for Years

Juan-Carlos Cruz's Wife -- In Misery for Years

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Juan-Carlos Cruz's wife was deeply despondent because she could not have children.We're told Jennifer Campbell is very religious ... an active member at her… READ MORE >

- 1559 days ago
Juan-Carlos Cruz Charged with Attempted Murder

Juan-Carlos Cruz
Charged with Attempted Murder

Juan-Carlos Cruz has officially been charged with attempted murder and solicitation of murder for allegedly trying to hire two homeless men to kill his wife ... this according to the Los Angeles… READ MORE >

- 1559 days ago
TMZ Live: Uchitel in Playboy, LiLo & Juan-Carlos

TMZ Live: Uchitel in Playboy, LiLo & Juan-Carlos

We took your questions on everything -- including Rachel Uchitel in Playboy, Food Network chef Juan-Carlos Cruz charged with attempted murder, and Lindsay Lohan pushing her luck in Cannes. Plus:… READ MORE >

- 1559 days ago
Juan-Carlos Cruz -- I'm Not Guilty

Juan-Carlos Cruz -- I'm Not Guilty

TMZ has learned Juan-Carlos Cruz plans to plead not guilty at his arraignment -- which may or may not take place this morning. Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ Cruz -- the Food Network… READ MORE >

- 1559 days ago
Text Messages: Cruz Had Other Hitmen Lined Up

Text Messages: Cruz Had Other Hitmen Lined Up

TMZ has obtained a series of text messages between former Food Network host Juan-Carlos Cruz and the homeless men he allegedly tried hiring to kill his wife -- and it seems Cruz had other… READ MORE >

- 1560 days ago
Homeless Men -- Cruz Wanted Us to Cut Her Throat

Homeless Men -- Cruz Wanted Us to Cut Her Throat

The homeless men Juan-Carlos Cruz allegedly tried to hire to kill his wife claim they were instructed to "cut [a] woman's throat."The men told TMZ an elaborate story. According to Little… READ MORE >

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