Friday, October 29, 2010

Chef Tries to Pay Homeless Men to Kill His Wife

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Former Food Network Chef Juan-Carlos Cruz pleaded no contest to charges that he tried to pay homeless men to kill his wife. He apparently tore 10 one hundred dollar bills in half and bribed the homeless men with a “half now, half when it’s done” payment schedule.

Juan Carlos Cruz: In a pot of really hot water.
  • Juan Carlos Cruz: In a pot of really hot water

The no-contest plea means that Cruz, 48, will spend up to the next nine years in prison. He was reportedly caught on video tape trying to pay off the men to kill his wife. He even drove one of the men to his apartment to show him how to get into the building.

The chef was the former host of Calorie Commando and Weighing In, two spots he landed because of his pastry art skills; he was formerly a pastry chef at the Los Angeles Hotel Bel-Air. He weighed in at 280 pounds at one point in his life, and then after a stint on reality TV, he lost 100 pounds. On Calorie Commando, he took fattening recipes and broke them down into healthy lighter versions.

Cruz had been under investigation since May. No motive has yet been revealed.

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