Best of Cincinnati 2014

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 welcome warmer weather, we hope you enjoy a bountiful spring and summer! Our cooking classes in this brochure highlight the best produce and seasonal ingredients Jungle Jim’s has to offer. We look forward to seeing you in an upcoming class.

Dave Schmerr is back from a brief retirement and has joined the cooking school staff as our resident wine expert! Dave will continue to share his knowledge of wine at scheduled tastings and in our wine and food classes. For you wine and food lovers, this is good news! Dave has lined up a great schedule of tastings. Register for "The Tasting Room" online or by phone through the Cooking School.

We are saying goodbye to two long-time instructors. David Warda and John Bostick are retiring from teaching. We are thankful for their contributions over the years to the Cooking School. They leave good recipes and class memories for many students and staff. While we are sad to see them go, we wish them both the best in the future.

In late May, we’ll embark on our 4th annual culinary trip to Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Once again, Don Govoni will lead the group “Off the Beaten Path” for a unique experience only offered through Jungle Jim’s. When we return, I will offer a class that pays tribute to the fabulous Italian food and wine rituals we’ve enjoyed year after year. Consider joining us to share in a part of that experience.

The demand continues for more hands-on classes. We appreciate the enthusiasm and have added more hands-on classes with a variety of menus. Please note that these classes can be identified by a hand icon and “Hands-On” in the title. We want you to be able to easily register for the type of class you want to take.

We’ll see you in the kitchen!

Bon Appétit,
Leigh Barnhart Ochs - Cooking School Director


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