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George Speck (also called George Crum; c. 1824 – July 22, 1914) was an American chef. He worked as a hunter, guide, and cook in the Adirondack mountains, and became renowned for his culinary skills after being hired at Moon’s Lake House on Saratoga Lake, near Saratoga Springs, New York.


George Crum was an American native, widely credited with the invention of the first potato chips. Crum’s birth name was George Speck and he was born in New York in 1822 to Abraham and Catherine Speck.


George Speck aka Crum (1822 - 1914) In the summer of 1853, George Crum, The son of an African American Father and a Native American Mother, was employed as a chef at an elegant resort in Saratoga Springs, New York.


George Crum By:Dylan M. Do you like potato chips well I'll tell you one thing my name is George Crum , and I'm the one who made the potato chip and if you like them thank me. I was born in New York in 1822.As a youth, I worked as a wild animal trapper as well as a guide working at the Adirondack Mountains.


George Crum was born as George Speck in 1822 in Saratoga Lake, New York, the son of a Huron Native-American mother and an African-American father who worked as a jockey. He worked for a while as a mountain guide and trapper in the Adirondack Mountains in New York.


Apparently George Crum was the head chef at Moon's Lake House when he invented the potato chip. Read More


Crum's sister, Kate Wicks, claimed to be the real inventor of the potato chip. Wick’s obituary, published in The Saratogian in 1924, read, "A sister of George Crum, Mrs. Catherine Wicks, died at the age of 102, and was the cook at Moon’s Lake House.


Apparently George Crum was the head chef at Moon's Lake House when he invented the potato chip. Read More


In 1895 George W. Francis asked George to adopt his son George A. Francis and George A. came to live with the Crum’s. They were close enough that George Francis referred to George Crum as pop and he spent the rest of his life in Malta Ridge and in George’s house .


Inventor. The son of a Native-American mother and African-American father, who was a jockey, he reportedly had a rebelious and feisty nature, which helped him survive in the face of prejudice against his multiracial heritage. As a young adult, he worked as a trapper and a mountain guide in the Adirondacks. Some sources...