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!

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Leigh Barnhart Ochs

Dear Friends of the Cooking School,

An Ohio winter is in our future! The best thing about cold weather is the chance to enjoy the heady aroma of comfort food, steaming soup and baked goods that warm the house on chilly days. We are offering you new classes that will tempt you to exercise your culinary skills in tasty ways. Skill-specific classes, like knife skills and homemade pasta making, are back on the calendar. If you’ve always wanted to make your own ravioli, now is the perfect time to join us.

We are celebrating the cuisine of Italy for the month of February. Each year this beloved cuisine draws students to our classes. There will be something for everyone this year – demonstration and hands-on. The month will end with one of our favorite classes of the year – “Off The Beaten Path” with Don Govoni, our Ambassador of Italian Cuisine! Whether or not you have been on the culinary trip, you won’t want to miss Don’s class.

Speaking of the trip to Italy, you will find the dates and itinerary on the back page of the brochure. This will be our 5th annual trip to Emilia-Romagna and each year we find more things to love about the “bread basket” of Italy. Please consider joining us in 2017.

Dave Schmerr is enjoying meeting new and old friends in his wine tasting classes here in the Cooking School. The Tasting Room classes are a great way for you to sample wine and cheese and learn from the experts. The wine and cheese primer classes were so successful, that Dave has offered two exciting new tastings to his line up – Italian and French wines and cheeses.

Thank you for your attendance at classes. We appreciate your support. Gift certificates are a great way to encourage others to dive in and take a class. We love having new and returning students join in the fun.

From our kitchen to yours, stay warm!

Bon Appétit,
Leigh Barnhart Ochs - Cooking School Director


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