Meet The Team

Frank Manteau

Frank upon graduating Union Local High School just six day later he entered Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island, SC and is now a Veterans of the United States Marine Corps. He obtained the rank of Sergeant while on active duty and was honorably discharged after 7 1/2 years. After the Marines Frank returned to his home state of Ohio where he held multiple titles at a few of the major automotive retail and commercial companies he was even an armed security guard and a Private Investigator. He was also a volunteer firefighter serving his local community.

Frank is a self taught Web designer by learning HTML where he started his own web design company in Ohio because he wanted to be his own boss and because of a computer class in high school it peaked his interest as the world was evolving. Growing up in the backwoods of Ohio he learned what hard work and dedication meant while working on the farms. It was on the farms that his love of making things started. It continued in scouting with the Boy Scouts of American, and why he took woodshop class in high school. So being disciplined and attention to detail isn’t new to him. It was when he decided to move out of Ohio in 2013 as a single father of 2 kids and move to California. After learning that all companies wanted a certification for a web designer to get a job and the industry was changing to not using only HTML but a new CSS code.

He didn't want to go to college in his mid 30's. So he went back into the automotive industry where he became a Store Manager in 2 1/2 years after being with the company. When his kids' school needed parent volunteers for the programs his kids attend, he stepped up. His kids came first. It was there that he learned that the music department needed props built for half time shows and competitions. While he was helping make props, his join of woodworking came back to life.

In 2017 he left corporate America he started Kamikaze Wood Werks as the Owner and Craftsman. When Frank was working on a project for the High School Color Guard team is when he finally figured out the recent joke of calling Marines crayon eaters just maybe true. He just learned about that nickname because of social media. Now when he was in the Marine he nor any other marine was called a crayon eater. There were called Devil Dogs, Jarheads, Grunts, Leathernecks, and bullet sponges. So when he was using crayons to finish the details by coloring it with crayons, he changed colors and put one in his mouth and started gnawing on it.  That is when it hit him is there truly an edible crayon out on the market. He learned it had to be made out of chocolate. He knew nothing about making things from chocolates, just that it tasted good.

In Oct 2017 he reached out to a former team member Cassandra, he remembered she went to school to be a pasty chief and asked her if she knew how to make chocolate write? She said no but she would try to figure it out and she did. The journey started in September of 2017 and the birth of Crayons Ready-to-Eat LLC was born.  Frank is the CEO / Co-Founding Crayon Eater behind Crayons Ready-to-Eat LLC AKA "The CRE ".  He did it all with a PHD that didn’t exceed 13 years.


Cassandra Gordon
Hello all! I am Cassandra Gordan, one of the creators of the Crayons Ready-to-Eat™, also well known as the CRE's™. I am a 24 year old who lives and works here in Lakeside, California. Even though I was born out here in California, I have also been a resident to Phoenix, AZ. When I was little, I started my education in Arizona and then about 13 years ago, I moved back here to Lakeside, CA, finishing my education at El Capitan High School, class of 2013. After graduating high school, I went to Grossmont College, starting my dream career to become a pastry chef. During that time, I had taken basic pastry, bread making, sugar sculpting, and (you guessed it) chocolate classes.
Even though I never did become a pastry chef,  I had learned so much and had a wonderful time getting to know more about what I love. Since then, I have worked in a few retail jobs here and there, liking them but not getting anywhere. One of those retail jobs is where I had met Frank, who was my store manager at the time. He saw my potential in making chocolate and told me that one day, I will have my own business doing what I love. Sure enough, here we are with our own business! Not only is it something I love to do, but it reminds me of something I love: my family. I come from a family that served and is serving in the military. I am proud of every single one of them and knowing that these will bring them joy, makes me ecstatic and powers me on to follow my dream career. I can't wait to see what the future holds and I am very excited to share this journey not only with my partner Frank, but with all of you who are following us!

~Cassandra Gordan