Former TV Chef Accused of Hiring Hobos for MurderS

Juan-Carlos Cruz, report CNN, used to host Calorie Commando on the Food Network. He's now "accused of plotting to hire homeless people to carry out a murder," according to police in California.

CNN say the Santa Monica Police Department did not reveal details of the plot — the target is still unknown, for example. But we do know that the cops were alerted when the ragamuffin would-be-assassins reported the matter to their homeless liaison service.

Cruz was arrested in a dog park in Los Angeles on Thursday. His bail is $5m. That's a lot of copies of The Juan-Carlos Cruz Calorie Countdown Cookbook: A 5-Week Eating Strategy for Sustainable Weight Loss.