Just a hobbyist. I started cooking because I realized that you're just never going to find someone that can cook as well to your cravings as you can yourself, so long as you've acquired the skill. I've been cooking for myself for about 10-12 years, and have gotten a decent reputation amongst family and friends.
My favorite things to cook
I'm partial to roasting meats, although I'm always trying to diversify. Lately I've been working on sauces, and integrating whole grains into meals (groats, quinoa, wheat berries, etc.).
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother is Asian, and the culture where I live is heavily Hispanic. I'm not afraid of heavily spiced foods at all.
My cooking triumphs
Roasting a few whole pigs, killer Thanksgiving turkeys that ended up tasting like 20+ pounds of deli lunch meat, prime rib roasts that fell off the bone at Christmas, and steaks that made us stop eating out on the really important occasions.
My cooking tragedies
Dozens and dozens of them, and they're still happening. That's how you learn. And lose weight, sometimes.