Our experience was not quite like this, because DD swiped a pear DW was sure was out of her reach when she was just a few months old. I'm not sure how to describe the intensity DD displayed over her enjoyment of her first taste of food, but she was making animal sounds that suggested taking it away would be a bad idea. Months later, DW started cooking school, and DD would greet DW at the door with, "Mama... NUM NUM!!", because it didn't take DD long to recognize that DW always came home with interesting food. DW began making her own baby food, and "baby food" became things with risotto, polenta, and other words I didn't understand.
Later things became more routine, and DD suddenly decided she was a picky eater, so we went through all the normal food issues anyway.