Eric Lee, a former winery chef, said goodbye to Team Bobby in Episode 4. He was one of the most impressive cooks in the competition, but his presentations didn't measure up. Susie Fogelson summed it up back in the first episode: "I know I want him to be my chef; I'm not sure if he's my star."
Bobby made a strong case for Eric in the pitch room, but the judges decided that Ippy should be the one to stay. Eric was disappointed but thankful for the experience of working with Bobby: "It is just incredible how great of a mentor he is." Bob Tuschman told Eric that he was one of the most talented chefs they'd ever seen on Star.
In four short episodes, Team Bobby formed tight bonds. "I love you guys so much," Eric told his teammates when he returned from the pitch room. "I put so much into this and sacrificed so much to be here. If I could change one thing, I would have chosen dishes that didn't push it all the way to the wall in terms of time. I let my ego get the best of me."