Alchemy's executive chef Michael Matassa and chef/sommelier Debi Bell-Matassa opened their restaurant two years ago on The Avenue. It was a success story before they even greeted guests. They were going to be cooking again.
The couple had operated the popular Fusion Grille in Fallston until 2005 when they had to close the restaurant because Debi's breast cancer came back "with a vengeance the second time," she told me in 2010.
With two children and an intense chemo regiment, running a restaurant had become too difficult. Now, Michael and Debi are back to juggling all the responsibilities that go into operating a restaurant and working side by side.
The reality-based documentary "What's Next?" focuses on the lives of baby boomers in various situations. RLTV directs its programming to adults 50 years and older.
The episode on the Hampden restaurateurs is tentatively scheduled to air in April 2013.
Photos of Michael and Debi courtesy of Alchemy's website.