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The kitchen of a large, busy London restaurant owned by Mr. Marango is staffed with workers of many national and cultural origins--Germans, Jews, Greeks, Cypriots, Irish, and English. One particular day begins calmly with preparations for the luncheon meal, but as the rush starts and the waitresses stream in shouting orders, tension mounts and tempers explode. In the afternoon lull, Peter, the German cook, encourages his co-workers to dream of a better life beyond the kitchen. Later, as work begins on the evening repast, Peter realizes that his love affair with one of the waitresses, Monica, will never go anywhere; that she, now pregnant, has decided not to divorce her husband. Suddenly going berserk, Peter storms through the kitchen in a savage fury, smashing everything in sight. After his rampage ends, work stops as the cooks bandage Peter's bruised and bloody hands. Marango, the bewildered restaurant proprietor, stands amidst the debris and cannot understand why anyone would want to destroy his world.