I'm a computer engineer by day, and becoming an avid home cook by night (mostly weekend.)
I got into cooking through Alton Brown, and made the leap from cooking to cuisine through Tom Colicchio. So my style tries for efficiency and artful simplicity.
I forget who said it but there's an old fashion quote, "Before you leave the house look in the mirror and take 1 thing off." This is definitely true for food. Every step and every ingredient in your recipe should have a purpose.