It is simply a means for showing the people she loves how deeply she cares.
Whether satisfying her husband or appealing to the appetites of close friends, Westlake-Jennings revels in dishing out delight.
�I have been very blessed in terms of growing up around food in a country where our passion for eating comes second to none,� she said.
�I was brought up in Singapore by a Peranakan mother and Sri Lankan-Portuguese father, both of whom are incredible cooks in their own right.
�And just as it is for me, they cooked for the pure enjoyment of it.�
The Ridgewood resident�s culinary journey began at age eight, perfecting the art of preparing rice.
By 10, she had mastered several family favourites such as oyster sauce chicken stir-fry.
Now the vivacious real estate writer is one of eight home cooks selected as semi-finalists in WA�s Signature Dish cooking competition.
Entering the contest on a whim, she was curious to see whether her recipe would pique the interest of judges.
Representing the Kimberley region, Westlake-Jennings will prepare and cook Cone Bay barramundi with green mango and mizuna salad at the semi- final cook-off on October 14 at Fraser�s, Kings Park.
�This is the first cooking competition I have entered and I am thinking it will be my last because the mere thought of cooking in front of strangers immediately tightens the belly with pure fear,� she said.
�I am going to test my dish again before the big day and if it doesn�t boost my confidence then nothing will.�
The competition grand finale is on November 22 at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape event.
The winner receives a two-day mentorship with Guillaume Brahimi at Bistro Guillaume, Crown Perth, and a trip for two to a luxurious WA locale for a wine-and-dine experience.