Translation:The cook runs out of the kitchen and runs away from the restaurant.
Why is it not OUT OF the restaurant, instead of AWAY FROM. Is there no distinction in Hungarian?
There most definitely is! "Futni" is the verb "to run". "El" in "elfut" means "away" while "ki" means "out". These are "igekötők" (phrasal verbs) that when added to a verb will, in cases, drastically change their meaning, pretty much the same in German I believe. Eg: "megütni valakit" (to hit someone) isn't exactly the same as "leütni" (to knock them out). I personally would have said "A szakács KISZALAD a konyhából és elfut az étteremből." "Fut" is repeated in this sentence and there are so many synonyms in Hungarian that it's a crime if you don't use them. I hope that helps ;)
Better yet: "Vagy idegösszeomlása volt?"
The other way around sounds more like a general "Has he had a nervous breakdown?"