Former Food Network Host Faces Life in Prison for Murder Plot


Juan-Carlos Cruz, author of a weight-loss cookbook and former host of The Food Network’s Calorie Commando, plead “not guilty” this week after being charged with attempted murder and solicitation of murder in a Los Angeles court. The former Hotel Bel Air pastry chef is currently being held for two million dollars bail after allegedly trying to hire two homeless men–”Little Dave” and “Big Dave”– to arrange his wife’s murder in a plot that one of the men calls “very meticulous” in its organization, but “very cheap,” according to CNN. Big Dave, apparently not too tough a nut to crack, revealed the plot after being picked up by police for loitering, leading to an investigation and the subsequent arrest of Cruz at a local dog park. While the two Daves say they love the Santa Monica Police Department after they were given “two pizzas, a 12-pack of beer, and a bottle of San Jose” during the investigation, Cruz faces a possible life sentence if convicted.

’Calorie Commando’ pleads not guilty in alleged murder plot [CNN]