I remember helping my mom bake bread when I was young. Mixing 20 loaves by hand was somewhat hard on her arthritis so she enlisted the help of the youngest son.
As to cooking, my mom's version of chili is only hot in the sense that it is cooked. In other words virtually no spices at all. I found a chili cookbook, tried one of the recipes and my mom never made her chili again. It was a hit.
My passion has only developed over the past 5-7 years as I started watching Top Chef and Iron Chef America. Then 3 years ago I had the opportunity to eat at "Victoria and Albert's" at the Grande Floridian at Disney World
Victoria and Albert Menu | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
It was spectacular and I started trying new things as soon as we got back. Within 6 months my wife(who taught me a lot about cooking) told me that I had officially passed her in cooking ability, as she needs a recipe for something new while I just need to have an idea, find good ingredients and some imagination