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Friday, June 14, 2013

S.F. Father Named Hottest Dad in His 30s

Posted By on Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 3:45 PM

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In celebration of Hallmark's most rugged holiday -- Father's Day -- iVillage, a website dedicated to womenfolk, rolled out its list of the nine Hottest Dads in America and, yes, a San Francisco pops made the cut.

Local entrepreneur David Emanuel snagged the Hottest Dad in his 30s crown, chosen from more than 1,500 entries of hopeful hot dads.

Emanuel is the founder of the Medlert (a medical emergency response application for individuals suffering from high-risk medical conditions), and his wife Julia is a consultant at Atalanta Partners. Together they've have a daughter, Taylor, who'll have a good story to tell her friends come puberty.

We caught up with the dreamy San Franciscan to talk about his victory, his keep-it-tight-and-high diet, and of course, the best part of being a father.


SF Weekly: What was it like when you found out you were a bonafide heart throb and you'd be traipsing about on the Today show beside Kathie Lee and Hoda?

David Emanuel: My wife sent my photo into the competition back in April and had completely forgot that she had entered me. Two weeks ago she received an email letting her know that I won "Hot Dad in His 30's" and had to come clean. You know it's going to be an interesting conversation when it starts off with.... "Don't kill me, but I entered you into a competition..."

A few days later, NBC and iVillage scheduled a call with all of the contestants to give us the details of what to expect during our trip to the Today Show. What's funny is that ALL the contestants had the same story! None of us knew that our wives had entered us into the competition until we actually won! It really only hit me when they announced that we would be flying to New York to be on the Today show. It was and still is a huge surprise... and in some ways very embarrassing.

SFW: Come on, you can tell us. Did you know in your heart that you were a "hottie?" Do you have a workout regime or is chasing Taylor enough?

DE: Ha, I don't think of myself as a "hottie" in any way, but I commit to an hour a day of exercising and chasing Taylor around. I like to mix up my week of training. It can range from running 10 miles, doing the Lyon Street steps carrying 20-pound weights or just going to gym to do cross-fit.

During the week I start the day with fruit and oatmeal for breakfast. My lunch is typically something spicy with protein and dinners are mostly veggies and more protein. I also have a serious sweet tooth, so I only allow myself to indulge in desserts on weekends...but let me be clear, Friday counts as the weekend.

SFW: Sinner. Here we thought you were a role model! But 'fo real. Let's get serious. What do you love about being a father and a husband?

I launched my company,, the same week that Taylor was born in early 2012. Back then, I was working out of our house and I assumed the role of "Mr. Mom" when my wife, Julie, went back to work. Every day, in between her naps, I would get great one-on-one time with Taylor and we sort of developed our own language.

We like to roar at each other -- like lions (I am originally from South Africa). To this day, no matter what her mood is, a giant roar from me will always make her giggle. It was hard launching a company and starting a family all at the same time, but it makes me realize how important it is to be 100 percent present during the few hours I get each day to spend with her and Julie.

As a father I just love seeing Taylor become more and more independent and her strong-willed personality taking shape. Even the small things like using a spoon at mealtime or reading to herself is amazing. I think as a father its great to see those life skills develop at an early age.

Why is Julie amazing you ask?

Well, she has been just a great mom and wife on many levels. Medlert has really grown and requires a lot of time like any start-up. She has been 100 percent supportive of me while running her own business and figuring out this whole parenting thing. It's the little things she does that I am so appreciative of; such as things around the house and for our friends and our daughter. She's like the COO of our household and I can't thank her enough for what she does to keep our little family whole.

SFW: Julie better watch out! You sound like a catch. But let's talk about the inevitable par-tay to honor your hotness. I know all the winners won a $100 American Express gift you'll be neck-deep in champagne and club rats in no time right? Or maybe a picnic?

DE: In true South African fashion, we will most definitely have friends over for a BBQ (known as a "braai" in South Africa).

SFW: Yum. Speaking of smokin' meat...when do you feel the most sexy?

DE:In my speedo! Just kidding...but I did wear one to the Today Show just in case we had to get really competitive.

Be still our hearts. (And loins.)

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