But at an away day for Islington senior staff in St Albans last week, Islington Green head Trevor Averre-Beeson had an interesting take on the "St Jamie" image. It seems Jamie's producers used Islington Green during research for their show but decided against it as a location. (Maybe the uncontracted meals were too good?).
Anyway, as a thank-you, Jamie promised to open a refurbished canteen at Islington Green. In the event, however, he failed to turn up, sending a factotum instead. "We've got a very nice plaque saying he was there, though," Trevor says.