If only polls were supported on Chowhound, this would be an ideal spot for one. But, lacking that, we can free form our answers. If this were a poll, I would have provided the following choices, but please feel free to answer however you see fit. :)
o I feel like a chef: I can eat high quality food that's exactly the way I want it.
o I feel like a chef: I enjoy the process as much as the results.
o It's economical (i.e., cheaper than paying for someone else's food).
o Dietary reasons: I can make food I like within my restrictions.
o My family needs to eat and my private chef is on strike.
o Other (please specify).