He was also the chairman of Gaucho from April 2016 to November 2017, after which he was replaced by Paul Mason, former chief executive of Asda. Johnson is reportedly up against American investment firm Carlyle and UK investors Aurelius Equity Opportunities to acquire the chain.
Hugh Osmond from Osmond Capital was also believed to be in the running for Gaucho, but it is understood that he is no longer an active bidder.
At the time of its administration, Deloitte administrator Matt Smith said: “The Gaucho business which operates in the premium dining market, continues to trade well in its market segment, is profitable and has a strong underlying brand and guest loyalty. We are taking steps to stabilise the business following our appointment and are now seeking expressions of interest in terms of a sale of the Gaucho business.”