June 7, 2012
After being voted as Chicago's Hottest Male Server, Jeff Lindell of Bull & Bear makes sure to thank his fiancé for her support and understanding.
"It's kind of weird sometimes when she looks at your Facebok page and you get comments from other girls [such as] `Oh my god, I would take that guy in a minute,'" says Lindell, 37, who also thanks his colleagues at Wirtz Beverage for voting daily for three weeks. "But she's very supportive of it. She always has been."
After working as a print model for more than a decade, the Lakeview resident is used to the comments from strangers and ribbing from friends and co-workers. That doesn't mean that it stopped during our 2nd annual Hottest Server contest.
What memorable comments did you get from co-workers, bar regulars or friends during the contest?
I got a ton of comments on Facebook and just everyday text messaging. I think probably one of the funniest ones, my buddy Ed sent me a text, like, "Hey, at Starbucks getting my morning coffee. Just opened the RedEye and did not expect to see you shirtless." Just funny comments like that. It's something that I've always dealt with and my friends give me a hard time. On the flipside of it, I think it's really cool. I think all my friends are like "Nice scarf" on that picture. That was one of the other things I got a lot of flack on. Hey, it is what it is.
What did you do to get out the vote?
Basically I have a big following on Facebook so I just posted stuff on there, and it's like all my friends that work in the industry with me, everyone's very supportive. My friends and Bull & Bear staff helped by getting the word out, and I know they were doing stuff at the bar. Announcing to vote for me while DJs were there. So that helped out. It's pretty cool to get that title.
How does this victory compare to winning the Oxygen reality show "Ivana Young Man" in 2006?
[Laughs] I guess it's an honor to get that title. It's fun to win stuff like that. It's just something that's never happened to me before. So I think after working at Bull & Bear for 5 years, they've been very supportive of me working there and listen to new ideas that I have ... when I did the TV show I got a lot of support from the same people.