Do you have any cooking icons/idols?
By this I mean an individual whose cooking philosophy/approach/aesthetic/technique/results you absolutely adore. Maybe this person opened your eyes to the wonderful world of food. Maybe he/she taught you everything you know about food.
It could be your mother, father, grandparent or sibling. It could be a chef, a food editor, or your mentor. There are a lot of big names in the culinary industry and the world of food seems to be getting bigger than ever with celebrity chefs abound. It could be Rachel, Martha, Anthony Bourdain, Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, Julia Child, Emeril and the rest of them. But it does not have to be a celebrity and you can have as many as you want.