Best of Cincinnati 2014
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
  • Gluten-Free and Special Diets
  • 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!

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Leigh Barnhart Ochs

Dear Friends of the Cooking School,

We hope you had an exceptional holiday season filled with good food, friends and family. A new year is a call to start fresh and we hope you will enjoy the classes we have scheduled will warm up your Ohio winter.

Our Friday night classes for couples were a resounding success this fall, so we are continuing to offer a fun date night experience in the Cooking School kitchen. If you have had a hands-on class with Ellen Mueller or Rita Heikenfeld, you will know why these couples have had fun and laughter at the grill!

Hands-on classes continue to be popular, so we are offering more of them this winter. Cooking is a pleasurable and important skill to master and many of our new and returning students want to learn to improve their skills and add proven recipes to their culinary repertoire. You’ll notice that we are expanding the hands-on classes to include menus that do not focus solely on grilling, but promise to please the palate.

For those of you desiring a more intensive focus on skill development, I am adding a Handcrafted Pizza Workshop to the calendar. The pasta making workshop was so successful that I will offer it again, too. Practicing and mastering the art of making artisan pizza at home will satisfy your appetite for this most popular dish.

Speaking of pizza and pasta, why not join us on our fourth annual culinary trip to Emilia-Romagna, Italy? We have added the hands-on gelato class at Gelato University in Bologna, and for many, this was the highlight of the trip. If you enjoy great food and wine, please consider joining Don Govoni and me for what will prove to be another exciting and unique trip.

Thank you for your support of the Cooking School. We enjoy meeting new friends and reconnecting with old ones!

We’ll see you in the kitchen!

Bon Appétit,
Leigh Barnhart Ochs - Cooking School Director


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