If you listen to the local legends, We have George Speck to thank for the potato chip. Born in Saratoga County, New York, he worked for years as a hunter before manning the ovens at the Moon’s Lake House, and guests knew him for the way he cooked wild game — until the ultra-wealthy Commander Cornelius Vanderbilt walked in for a meal.

When chip-creator George Speck (left) heard the esteemed Commandore Cornelius Vanderbilt was eating at his establishment, he wasn’t surprised. After all, Moon’s Lake House was a special restaurant.