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,

It’s already time to think about summer winding down as the colorful and cool days of fall arrive.

We had another exceptional culinary excursion to the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy in May. Each trip includes new experiences and chances to learn more about the rich culinary culture of Italy. This year, I took the opportunity to travel to Bologna before the trip began and enjoyed a private cooking class with an Italian chef. Meatballs, zucchini sformato and handmade pasta were on the menu for our day in the kitchen. The chef shared a lot of information, and I was surprised to learn pasta making is seeing a resurgence among young Italians who want to keep the art alive for future generations.

Please look for information and details on the 2018 Italy trips in the Winter 2018 brochure. Next year we plan to offer an additional trip to Tuscany with a wine and food focus. Information will also be available at The Cooking School and online when details are available.

Wine and food classes are well attended here at The Cooking School. In this brochure we offer three classes with menus worthy of any holiday dinner. In October, we feature chocolate in every course. Chip Emmerich from Burnet Ridge Winery is back in November, showcasing his delicious wines. December brings in Dan Frey for what is sure to be another “epic” experience.

Dave Schmerr’s wine tastings had a break out favorite with Wine and Small Bites. It was so well received that we now offer two different dates and two different menus for you to enjoy this fall. Our students raved about the delicious small bites of food with wines paired specifically to them. Look for these classes with The Tasting Room logo.

We are pleased to offer a Beer and Food class with Daniel Schmerr of Sonder Brewing in Mason. Daniel is certified as a Sommelier and has completed the first level of Cicerone Certification for beer professionals. Daniel and I have put together a pairing menu that is sure to please any beer lover!

The Fall brochure always features our holiday classes and this year is no exception. For those of you who make the cookie, gifts from the kitchen and hor’s doeuvres classes an annual event, you will not be disappointed. We are thankful to be a part of your holiday plans and hope the recipes from our classes will make your holiday menus bright and tasty.

Happy holidays, from our kitchen to yours!

Bon Appétit,
Leigh Barnhart Ochs - Cooking School Director


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