I never had a formal cooking lesson or teacher (other than @maria - she's great!). I remember in my Grade 7 Home Economics class the only thing I learned to make was "honey butter". This consisted of equal parts honey and butter, mixed and microwaved. Lol. I seriously didn't have anything else I could make until nearly a decade later, as a young adult.
I've spent the last few years working on Mealime and thus cooking / experimenting with lots of new recipes and methods. I wouldn't call myself a good cook, but I'm much more comfortable in the kitchen than I used to be.