When going to Michelin three star French restaurant in Paris, should I first find out if the star chef is actually cooking or at least present? I have been visiting a French restaurant in Paris that is highly rated and I never questioned myself if the star chef is actually cooking. At my last visit and it was lunch time, I ordered from the grand menu, not express lunch menu. I thought something was different with food but was not sure what it was. Then I was invited (the first time, it was my birthday that day) to the kitchen and was greeted by the those who are responsible for different parts (dessert, sauces, bread, etc) and the chief chef, who was not the Chef I wanted to meet (I didn't say that). I go there because I like the food which is prepared by the Chef(at least that was I believed til then) but what is the point of spending the same money if the chef is not there and if the taste is not the same? Is it a damn question to ask if the chef will be there the day I will be visiting?
P.S. I read the first few. I'd like to thank each of you for taking time to reply my question. All answers are exactly what I wanted to know!