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,

The spring and summer class schedule is always highly anticipated because we are very enthusiastic about all the fresh produce available here at Jungle Jim’s. We consciously plan our menus to cook seasonably, using the freshest, crispest and most locally available fruits and vegetables we can find.

Local and fresh ingredients are a key concern to our new chefs and to our talented and trusted returning chefs. They will help you steam, sauté, bake and grill your way through summer! Our chefs are passionate about food and you will enjoy learning from their culinary and cultural experiences. You’ll find all kinds of cuisines to experience in our kitchen. And because you want to do the cooking, we’ve added more hands-on classes you have been requesting.

New in this brochure, we've added the Express Class - a shorter class designed for those with limited time or who want to try a cooking class.

Don Govoni and I will be leading our 5th trip to the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy in May. We’ll be concluding the trip with another class at Gelato University in Bologna. It’s a sweet ending to a great culinary adventure. If you missed the trip this May, please look for information about the 2018 trip in the Fall 2017 brochure.

The Tasting Room with Dave Schmerr has been a great draw for all the wine lovers out there. If you are a cheese lover, you might consider joining Dave and Brad Hacker, Jungle Jim’s cheese expert, for a wine and cheese pairing. You’ll get up close and personal with wine and cheese! It’s a good way to introduce yourself to what The Tasting Room has to offer.

We hope you take some time to enjoy summer’s bounty in our kitchen. It looks to be a flavorful season at the Cooking School at Jungle Jim’s.

Bon Appétit,
Leigh Barnhart Ochs - Cooking School Director


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