Italy - off the beaten path

Welcome to the Cooking School at Jungle Jim’s International Market. Recreational cooks of every skill level will find our hands-on and demonstration classes to be fun, informative and delicious. If you are traveling in Ohio or live in the Cincinnati area, we invite you to register for a cooking class and improve your culinary skills. The Cooking School at Jungle Jim’s International Market was voted the Best Of Cincinnati 2013, 2014 & 2015. We are committed to offering recreational cooks the best and most diverse class offerings:

  • Wine and Food Pairing dinners featuring American, Italian and French cuisine
  • Hands-on Sushi
  • Pizzas – hearth baked, grilled and stuffed
  • Holiday themed classes
  • Bourbon, Tequila and Food Pairing Dinners
  • Hands-on Bread Baking
  • So much more...


Local, regional, national and international chefs make up our instructional team each session. In-house wine and beer experts along with distillery representatives provide current information that enhances the exciting menus and delectable recipes our chefs cook up for class. It has never been easier or more convenient to experience a culinary adventure right here in Cincinnati!

To view our cancellation policy, click here.

Leigh Barnhart Ochs

Dear Friends of the Cooking School,

As we went to print, our holiday classes were full and overflowing with good cheer and good food. We hope you had an opportunity to join us for these popular, tradition- and fun-packed cooking classes. Thank you for making The Cooking School a part of your holiday season. Busy holidays are being replaced by cozy winter evenings at home and this January through April we are offering new classes that make cooking at home a pleasurable and rewarding experience.

Our wine and beer pairing classes continue to be met with great interest. We are happy to have Don Govoni make his annual trek to Jungle Jim’s as he showcases the cuisine of Emilia-Romagna. Dave Schmerr has a stellar line up of wines for the wine and food pairing classes. It’s a bonus when Dan Frey and Michael Freeman join him! Dave has passed along his passion for food and drink to his son, Daniel, who will lead our newest beer and food pairing class. As the head beer professional for Sonder Brewing, Daniel shares his expertise of beer to make a memorable evening.

Hands-on classes continue to fill up with eager students looking to hone their skills and try new ingredients. Sharing food with family and friends has long been a tradition and our staff wants to assist you in growing and learning as much as you can. Join us for pasta and pizza making, steak and seafood. There is something for everyone!

We’ve expanded our Italian culinary trip for 2018. Twenty lucky participants will join Don and me for our sixth “Off the Beaten Path” tour of Emilia-Romagna. In addition, we are offering a week with Dan Frey for “Wine and Food of Tuscany”. Please see our website for more details.

Thanks again for your support of the cooking school. We look forward to seeing you in the kitchen in 2018.!

Bon Appétit,
Leigh Barnhart Ochs - Cooking School Director


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