Foose was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, and automobiles were definitely in his blood. His first job was working for his father's company, Project Design. By age twelve, Foose already had five years of experience under his belt, and had painted his first car - a Porsche 356.
Early on, a chance meeting and advice from Alex Tremulus, the designer of the Tucker, was actually Foose's stimulus to attend Art Center, where he majored in automotive product design and graduated in 1990 with honors. Currently Foose is operating Foose Design, an automotive and product design development company. His company specializes in illustration, graphics, ideation model making, surfacing and complete construction of automobiles and automotive related products. These products are available to private individuals, television, film and the automobile manufacturers.
In November of 1997, Foose was inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame at Peterson Publishing's 50th anniversary held at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada. This induction made history for both Foose and the Peterson museum, as Foose was and continues to remain the youngest member ever inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame.
Foose was inducted into the San Francisco Rod and Custom Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2005 and recently won the 2005 Ridler Award at Detroit's Autorama for the third time in the last four years. Foose won the prestigious award, one of the most coveted trophies on the show car circuit, for his incredible interpretation of Impression - a 1936 Ford Roadster.