I think it's okay to be an intuitive mother and follow your baby's cues... so long as it's just that... baby asks for food, you give them food, KWIM? Not "oh he's showing interest, time to schedule him for so many ounces of cereal three times daily." and just keep shoving food in the kid's mouth. FWIW, my DD was very interested in food at about that age. She was very curious. When she acted interested at about that age, I gave her something to try a few times. She gagged on it and puked and didn't really want anything to do with solids for a few more months. Had she responded well and wanted more, I would have let her have more. As it was, her curiousity was satisfied and she wasn't ready for solids, so she didn't eat solids until she was ready. She didn't really eat enough solids to count until she was about 12 mos. DS on the other hand was a solids fiend from about 5mos on.
If you think your babe wants a taste, and you are comfortable with it, give him a taste. If he isn't ready, he'll let you know. If he is, he'll let you know.
Though for sure for sure give him some REAL whole foods. None of that nasty cereal. Blech.