History at the Saratoga Chip Festival At the birthplace of the potato chip, an unusual set of circumstances led to its invention in the mid-19th century. A man by the name of George Crum was a chef at the upscale resort in Saratoga Springs. WIth thick cut french fries on the menu, one customer ordered them and was largely upset at how thick they were cut by Crum. He refused to eat them.Crum cut the man a thinner helping of fries, but they were still to thick for the stern patron. In a fit of rage, Crum decided to cut the fries as thin as he possibly could so that the customer couldn’t even pick them up with his work. The customer found these “fries” flavorful and amazing, leaving Crum with an amazing culinary invention on his hands. They were then put on the restaurant’s menu and became a local then regional sensation.