Chef Mike cooking in a kitchen.


Knife & Nettles Catering 

It all started one Christmas, back when I was in Grade 5.

I got my first cookbook and a wok.


I was hooked on cooking from that day forward.

Image of nettles by Paul Morley

I became a Red Seal Chef and worked in the Vancouver restaurant industry for over 20 years. I was fortunate to have worked in some of the best kitchens around and learn cutting-edge techniques along the way.


However, I noticed that after 20 years, I was starting to lose my passion. “Chef Mike” was starting to take things too seriously and that did not sit well with my true self.


I realized that working at an executive level removed me from the actual cooking and creation of the food.  I was also so removed from the people enjoying the food and that was one thing that always bothered me about my industry – a disconnect between the chefs and the guests.


I love to cook. I love to share that passion with others. And I realized I was not in that place where I wanted to be.

Chef Mike picking fresh tomatoes for his farm-to-fresh meals that he delivers to Vancouver communities.

Being outdoors

amongst the mushrooms

is my happy place.

- Mike Horan, Chef & Owner

Knife & Nettles Catering

Some soul searching led me to take a job at a catering company. Working there allowed me to be creative and actually interact with the customers. Those were the pieces that were missing! I felt like I did back that Christmas with my first cookbook in hand. The possibilities!


My passion was re-ignited and I knew that catering and providing intimate dining experiences to customers would allow me to be creative and directly share my passion with others.


That was when the concept of Knife & Nettles Catering began.


And to make it written in the stars, if there was any doubt, I married Nancy, a talented pastry chef, in 2019. She would bring the sweet to my savoury, providing that last memorable bite to a meal. And with that, Knife & Nettles Catering was born.

Image of nettles by Paul Morley

Catering events and private dining experiences has allowed me to create the food that I am passionate about – taking classic comfort foods from my childhood and twisting them into elevated dishes from my years of experience in the industry.


I believe that fine dining does not have to be pretentious. It should be fun and approachable. I love creating great food and providing guests interactive, memorable experiences.


Nancy and I hope that the love that we share and our passion in what we do, is seen and tasted in the meals we prepare for you and the hospitality we put forth to you with each interaction.


Full bellies and happy smiles to all!

Mike & Nancy


Knife & Nettles Catering COVID-19 Notice:

Whether we are catering at a venue or if it's our meals delivered to home, our customers' safety and enjoyment is always our top priority. We use gloves, KN95 masks, and a strict sanitizing routine to maintain optimal cleanliness. For more information, please contact us.