Dayton firefighter feted for chip idea

TROY, Ohio (AP) — A firefighter is being celebrated in his Ohio hometown for concocting a new potato chip flavor that's being produced by Frito Lay.

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The Lay's brand unveils the four finalists - from left to right, Matt Allen, of Troy, Ohio, who submitted Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese; Chad Scott, of Las Vegas, who submitted Cappuccino; Meneko Spigner McBeth, of Deptford, New Jersey, who submitted Wasabi Ginger; Julia Stanley-Metz, of Sacramento, California, who submitted Mango Salsa - vying for a $1million grand prize in this year's Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" contest in Times Square on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in New York. Voting begins July 28th. For official rules, visit (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Frito-Lay/AP Images)

Dayton firefighter Matt Allen is competing for a $1 million prize in an online best-new-flavor contest sponsored by the snack maker. Allen says he came up with the cheddar bacon, mac and cheese chip while cooking at a firehouse.

The Dayton Daily News ( ) reports that his hometown of Troy celebrated Thursday with an event in the public square. Troy Mayor Michael Beamish proclaimed it "Lay's Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese Potato Chip Day" in the city just north of Dayton.

Allen says his wife Danielle encouraged him to enter the contest. Chip lovers can vote on their favorite of the four new flavors on social media.