The Cooking School at Jungle Jim’s International Market

The Cooking School at Jungle Jim’s International Market

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You might know them for their animatronics, funny bathrooms and food from all over the world, but did you know that Jungle Jim’s also offers fun cooking classes? From pizzas and wine pairings to sushi and bread making, read on for all the delicious details.

Jungle Jims Cooking School
Jungle Jims international Market features The Cooking School, run by Leigh Barnhart Ochs.

Jungle Jim’s International Market has come a long way from its days as a farmer’s market in 1971. Today’s it’s a nationally-recognized supermarket with two locations in Greater Cincinnati, known for its food, drinks and wares from all around the world.

But one thing most people don’t know is that Jungle Jim’s began offering cooking classes 20 years ago. According to Leigh Barnhart Ochs, director of The Cooking School at Jungle Jim’s International Market, the market’s founder, “Jungle Jim” Bonaminio, thought the cooking classes would be a good way to showcase the variety of foods available at Jungle Jim’s.

The Cooking School offers a variety of classes for all skill sets. “As a recreational cooking school, we are geared to helping students of all levels feel comfortable and learn,” says Ochs. Anybody can sign up for classes at The Cooking School. Depending on the class, students can learn anything from basic cooking skills, such as in Boot Camp for Beginners, to advanced techniques, such as Handmade Pasta. “We target adult recreational cooks who have a passion for learning new things in the kitchen,” adds Ochs.

According to Ochs, The Cooking School at Jungle Jim’s is the best place to go to improve one’s cooking skills because, in addition to the convenient location for citizens of Butler County and nearby counties, “We are the oldest, most established school in the Cincinnati area. Our experienced instructors and staff are committed to providing the best experience possible. Our students appreciate that Jungle Jim’s carries all the food products and cookware that we use in classes—they can shop after class and get everything they need to recreate the menu at home. And, we serve wine at all classes!”

The Cooking School provides a number of different classes. In August, it will offer the following: Italian Wine and Food, Hands-on Indian Cuisine, Celebrate Tomato Season, An Elegant Summer Table, Savor Summer, Summer Fruit, French Wine and Food and Hands-on Grilling. It will also offer a knife sharpening event on August 29.

A new class brochure with a list of classes offered is published three times a year, and, as Ochs says, The Cooking School strives to offer something to appeal to everyone in each brochure and to make changes and improvements for the school. To learn more about the classes and view the current class brochure, click here. For more information or to register for classes or be placed on the mailing list to receive brochures, call 513-674-6059.