AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Rob McDaniel, a graduate of the Auburn University Hotel and Restaurant Management program, has been named a semifinalist for a James Beard Foundation Award.
The 2002 Auburn alumnus is one of 20 semi-finalists vying for Best Chef South.
“I couldn’t believe it. Really. I didn’t believe it until I saw it with my own eyes,” he admitted. “It still blows my mind to think about it.”