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Splash and sautee

Nicole Frey
Preston Utley/Vail DailyChef Rutherford Maule with Lindsay Sierant, left, Harrison Rubis and Isabella Rubis. Maule will be hosting a cooking camp for kids from July 25 to 27.

VAIL ” With childhood obesity an ever increasing problem in the United States, local chef Rutherford Maule decided to take action ” in one corner of the world anyway.

Although it isn’t a problem in the Vail Valley, Maule, a local private chef and owner of Chef de Maison Catering Company, said he is set on seeing it never becomes one.

Maule, in conjunction with four area chefs, nutritionist Sally Connolly and other Vail Valley businesses, will host the Vail Kids’ Summer Cooking Camp, three day-camp sessions meant to teach kids about cooking and about physical fitness.

“No, this isn’t going to cure everything, but the goal is that a child could be equipped with enough information and resources to be able to make good choices,” Maule said. “It’s about the whole conversation that gets generated around food.”

Each day, the children will break into two groups. One group will play in the Racquet Club pool, while the other cooks under the instruction of a valley chef, and then the groups will switch. Together, the children will take a walk to Bighorn Park where they will meet up with their parents and share the feast they’ve created.

For Maule, kids and food were a perfect fit.

The meal, while healthy and balanced, will also have fresh baked chocolate chip cookies, Maule said.

“They’ll learn that if they eat well and exercise, they get to have treats as well,” Maule said.

The inspiration for the camp came from a Landmark Education class Maule recently took. “It was a self-expression leadership program, and it talked about how to choose to live your life powerfully,” said Maule, who is also a yoga instructor. “We were challenged with coming up with a community project.”

“It was a no brainer,” he said. “It’s my background.”

Along with the camp, Maule will sell donated restaurant gift certificates and private cooking lessons to raise enough money to create a nutritional cooking booklet, which he plans to distribute in school and institutions along the Interstate 70 corridor between the Vail Valley and Denver.

“I’m committed to health and the well-being of children,” he said.

Staff Writer Nicole Frey can be reached at 748-2927 or nfrey@vaildaily.com.

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