Cody Simon and Alona Tiunina
Cody and Alona in Bangkok, Thailand

Cooking To Entertain was created by me, Cody, a guy who has no business running a website about food. I used to be an investment banker and cryptocurrency enthusiast, but decided I was done with the rat race and retired at the age of 26. Currently I spend my time traveling the world and cooking.

I’m originally from Southern California, and my love for cooking started at a young age. I remember watching my grandmother make the family dinner every day after school.

Every morning I wake up, have a strong black coffee from my favorite Moka Pot, and think about what to do for the rest of the day. Usually a 20 minute walk to the grocery store to find inspiration for dinner.

After university, I worked for a while as an Investment Banking Analyst before deciding to move to China for a job teaching Economics at the University of New South Wales (Beijing Campus).

It was at this point my partner, Alona (creator of Jet Set Together, made a bunch of money with cryptocurrency and decided work was no longer a necessity. After 4 years we finally left China and made our home base in Europe, where we use Secret Flying to take trips around the world trying out awesome AirBnB’s, taking cooking classes in every country, and trying to live life to the fullest. After all, something has to fill the day.

I Also Produce The Podcast, ‘The Expat Chit Chat Show With Zach Ireland

The Creation of Cooking to Entertain

Cooking to Entertain was started as a way for me to archive all the recipes I love to make. Some of the recipes were created out of whatever was in the house, and some were taught to me on my travels. The recipes in the website are meant to be delicious, impressive, and especially fun. Because what’s a party without hors d’ouevres and cocktails.

Cody is also the author of the cookbook, “Smachno: A Tasty Introduction To Ukrainian Cooking”

Smachno cookbook cover

You can follow along with me and Alona on our respective Instagrams:

Cody: https://www.instagram.com/cookingtoentertain/

Alona: https://www.instagram.com/jetsettogether/

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