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Juan-Carlos Cruz may be simmering in jail pretty soon. You could say his goose is cooked. Or that the sentence he'll be given will be served cold. Or other bad puns.

The former Food Network chef and host of Calorie Commando and Weighing In was officially charged with attempted murder and solicitation of murder Monday.

Slapped with the dual charges after allegedly soliciting two homeless men to murder his wife, Juan-Carlos Cruz is scheduled to be arraigned on both later today.

The 48-year-old was arrested on suspicion of the heinous offense Thursday and is currently in custody in lieu of posting $5 million bail (no way he has that).

RECIPE FOR DISASTER: Hiring homeless guys to kill your wife? Probably not included in this work of culinary genius. Although if it were, he recommends a nice Chianti.

Needless to say, he won't be an ingredient in the TV station's lineup again.

"Juan-Carlos Cruz has not been under contract or associated with Food Network for a number of years," the network said in a statement. "The Food Network has no relationship with Cruz and therefore has no comment on the allegations."

Well, other than the no comment comment. But point taken.

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Juan-Carlos Cruz was the Food Network's Calorie Commando. More recently, he allegedly hatched a plot to recruit homeless guys as commandos to kill his wife.

Santa Monica, Calif., police say Cruz was arrested and booked on suspicion of solicitation to commit murder. Cruz is currently being held on $5 million bail.

The homeless men say they were instructed to "cut [a] woman's throat."

According to one of the men, Little Dave, Cruz said he wanted someone to do "dirty deeds done dirt cheap." He says Cruz told him he'd give him "a grand."

Cruz then gave Little Dave a box which contained a box cutter, a disposable cell phone, gloves, a pocket watch and half of 10 $100 bills. Yup, torn in half.

Juan-Carlos Cruz Picture

Juan-Carlos Cruz: Calorie Commando. Really bad henchman.

Juan-Carlos promised to give him the other halves when the job was done, and Little Dave says Cruz showed him a picture of the other half of the money.

Little Dave says he then told his friend Shane, who called Cruz on the phone and discussed the plan. They got a third dude, named Big Dave, involved too.

Big Dave contacted Cruz, who met all three homeless men in Santa Monica. Cruz went over the plan, showed Big Dave a picture of the alleged female target.

The target was later identified as Cruz's wife.

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