TV chef Juan-Carlos Cruz pleads 'not guilty' to wife murder plot

juan-carlos-cruz-book.jpgA former Food Network chef -- Juan-Carlos Cruz -- has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and solicitation to commit murder.

The charges are the result of an investigation into his alleged hiring of homeless men to kill his wife by slitting her throat with a box cutter. He offered them $1,000.00 for thei job

Cruz, who hosted the Food Network show "Calorie Commando," entered his not guilty plea Monday (May 17) in Los Angeles Superior Court.