4 April 2011

Luke Johnson - Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of PizzaExpress

The Hospital Club, London

Luke Johnson is a serial entrepreneur best known for his investments in restaurants, stemming from his success with the PizzaExpress chain. 
In 1993 Luke took control of PizzaExpress and transformed the business,
growing it from 12 owned restaurants to over 250, and the share price
from 40p to over 900p. After selling out in 1999, he went on to start Signature Restaurants, which owned The Ivy and Le Caprice, as well as the Belgo chain, selling the business in 2005. He also started the Strada restaurant concept from scratch and took the chain to 30 units  and went on to part own and chair Giraffe restaurants and Patisserie Valerie. 

In January 2004, Johnson became Chairman of Channel 4 Television Corporation. More recently Johnson’s business investment and involvements span from DWS crash repairs to APT Controls (a market leader in car park equipment).  He writes a weekly column on entrepreneurship for the Financial Times.  At the next Penfolds Vintage Years event, hear Luke give his thoughts on entrepreneurship, his own personal vintage year in business 1993 and the ingredients of his success.  

With less than 300 members worldwide, the Master of Wine is recognised as the highest achievement in the global wine community.   At the next Penfolds Vintage Years event, Justin Knock MW will share his ingredients for the success of an outstanding vintage in wine and host an exclusive wine tasting giving attendees the chance to taste some of Penfolds’ finest wines.