About

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

Cooking To Entertain was created by Cody Simon, a guy who has no business running a website about food. A former investment banker and cryptocurrency enthusiast, Cody decided he was done with the rat race and retired at the age of 26. He currently spends his time traveling the world and cooking.

Originally from Southern California, Cody’s love for cooking started at a young age. He would watch his grandmother make the family dinner every day after school.

“I really started to cook more for myself when I went to university and just couldn’t eat any more food hall fare”

Cody wakes up every morning, has a strong black coffee from his favorite Moka Pot, and thinks about what to do for the rest of the day. Usually a 20 minute walk to the grocery store to find inspiration for dinner.

“I try to travel to another country at least 1-2 times a month.”

After university, Cody 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 his girlfriend, Alona made a bunch of money with cryptocurrency and decided work was no longer a necessity. After 4 years they left China and made their home base in Europe, where they 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.

Cody Also Produces 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 Cody to archive all the recipes he loves to make. Some of the recipes were created out of whatever was in the house, and some were taught to him on his 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.

You can follow along with Cody and Alona on their respective Instagrams:

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

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

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