WORLEY, Idaho -- A local chef is in the national spotlight this month with a chance to start his own restaurant.
32-year-old Adam Hegsted serves as executive chef at the Coeur d'Alene Casino and Resort. He has already won other national cooking contests. But there is one that has all the ingredients to make his culinary dream come true. He is a finalist for Tundra Restaurant Supply's "Dreamstraunt" contest.
Hegsted said he wants to build a tapas-style restaurant.
"I've always wanted to have my own restaurant," said Hegsted. "There's something about the American dream and owning your own restaurant, owning your own business and being able to do the thing you're passionate about."
Judges like his idea of using food from local farmers and producers with 500 miles.
"I wanted to be able to speak to the region, be able to have things you can only get here: wild mushrooms and huckleberries."
Hegsted promises if he wins, he will not only use the tastes from the region, but he will build his restaurant in the Inland Northwest.
Hegsted is about 200 votes shy of the leader. Click on the link to vote for him. If he wins, he will get $20,000 toward his dream.
The contest ends Sunday.